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Former Coach Back in Jail, Judge Revokes Bond

By: Matt Galka; Julie Montanaro Email
By: Matt Galka; Julie Montanaro Email
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By Julie Montanaro
December 19, 2013

A former football coach at Robert F. Munroe School will be spending the holidays in jail.

Today a judge ordered Danny Hood held without bond until his trial thanks to a late night hunting trip.

Danny Hood walked into court in a red jail jumpsuit again.

Initially arrested in October and accused of an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student, Hood was arrested again last week after a Fish and Wildlife officer cited him for hunting at night.

Hood's lawyer urged the judge to set a new bond.

"He's not a flight risk, he could have fled before these charges, he could have fled after these charges - there's 163 thousand dollars that their family will lose if he's a flight risk. We do not believe it's a flight risk," Jansen said. He pointed out Hood had no prior criminal record and no violations while wearing a GPS monitor.

Court documents released this week show Hood was ticketed by a wildlife officer in Calhoun County November 25th.

Arrest papers say he was shining a light into a cotton field. There were two rifles in the truck the officer wrote and a 16 year old boy with him.

Prosecutors pointed out Hood's original bond order specifically forbid time alone with anyone under 17.

"It's not a matter of flight, it's a matter of our ability to trust that he is not going to violate the law anymore and he has shown that he is going to continue to do what he wants and that's why he should be held - the bond should be revoked," prosecutor Richard Combs said.

The judge agreed.

"No unsupervised contact with children under seventeen or younger...couldn't be any plainer than that," Judge Jonathan Sjostrom said.

The former coach will remain in jail until trial. No date has been set yet for that.

The next court date is February 6th.


UDATED
By Julie Montanaro
December 18, 2013

A former football coach - accused of sexual assault - is back in jail again.

Danny Hood was initially arrested in October and accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16 year old student at Robert F. Munroe School.

Court records show he is now back in the Gadsden County Jail.

Arrest papers say he was arrested in Washington County on Saturday after a wildlife officer accused of using a spotlight and a gun to kill deer at night.

Arrest papers say there were loaded rifles in the truck and a dead deer in the back.

There was a 16 year old boy in the truck with him at the time too, arrest papers say.

Hood was given a notice to appear in court, but was later arrested and accused of violating the terms of his bond on the sex charges.

A court hearing is set for tomorrow.


UPDATED
By Matt Galka
October 18, 2013

Gadsden County, FL - When Robert F. Munroe football coach and dean of students Danny Hood was fired on October 10th, the school said it was because of sustained allegations of improper conduct with a student. Hood was arrested Thursday night for sexual assault, obscene communications, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Arrest papers indicate that 38 year old Hood and a 16 year old girl drank beer and smoked pot together. The victim alleges that Hood, who was her softball coach, also touched her sexually.

"We've heard her side of what happened, there was a relationship there with the coach, and that's what we're investigating, we're finishing up the leads and the other information we have on this case now," said Major Shawn Wood with the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

The victim contends in the probable cause affidavit that she "guessed she got molested," in three separate encounters at Hood's house. She goes on to say that she would smoke pot and drink beer with Hood and his wife, and then sexual contact would be made when Hood's wife left the room. The descriptions include touching and other sexual acts. Hood also sent her messages that had "sexually explicit content"

Earlier in the week Hood's lawyer, Tim Jansen, spoke out about the investigation.

"He's devastated by these allegations. He denies it, he denies that he's done anything improper," said Jansen via phone on October 15th.

Wood says that they are not sure if there were any more students involved. They are asking anyone with information to please come forward.

Hood's bond was set at $163,000. He bonded out Friday morning.

Robert F. Munroe's Head of School Suzanne Johnson released the following statement Friday:

"Coach Danny Hood's employment with RFM was terminated on October 10th, 2013. Robert F. Munroe asks everyone to respect the criminal justice system and to let the process take its course. It would be inappropriate at this time to say anything more."


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
October 18, 2013

Gadsden County, FL - A 16 year old student at the school says she repeatedly went to her coach's home to drink beer and smoke pot, according to arrest papers released today.

Danny Hood was arrested last night for two counts of sexual assault, obscene communication and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The teen contends the coach would kiss her, touch her inappropriately and more when his wife was out of the room.


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
October 18, 2013

Gadsden County, FL - Gadsden County Jail records show that former Robert F. Munroe football coach Danny Hood was arrested Thursday night for sexual assault, obscene communications and contributing to the delinquency of a minor,

His bond is listed at $163,000.

Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young says Hood was having a relationship with a 16 year old student at the school.

Hood was fired from his job earlier this week. We are trying to reach his lawyer for comment.


By: Matt Galka
October 15, 2013

Quincy, FL - Danny Hood and the Robert F. Munroe Bobcats were off to a good start at 4-2 this football season. On October 10th, that all came to an end for Hood, who also served as the Dean of the school. He was fired a short time after being placed on leave.

A statement from Head of School Suzanne Johnson reads: "This action was based on an allegation of improper conduct with a student, which has been sustained. The well-being of our children is our highest priority."

The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office is now investigating.

"We received an inquiry into an allegation from Robert F. Munroe from Children and Families. Made contact with the school, the school did their due diligence, and they're taking all the necessary preparations to take care of what they need to as a school," said Major Shawn Wood of G.C.S.O.

Johnson's statement contends the school completed a thorough review of the situation. Hood's lawyer, Tim Jansen, says his client is innocent.

"He's never been in trouble before, he had a great job over in Vernon, he took this job as the head coach, they picked him to be the school Dean, and he's devastated by these allegations. he denies it, he denies that he's done anything improper," said Jansen via phone.

Jansen also says the school never approached Hood about the allegations before firing him.

Jansen also says the school never approached Hood about the allegations before firing him.

"We do not know the allegations, we do not have any specifics, and the school did not give him an opportunity to respond before they terminated him," said Jansen.

We asked Johnson about Jansen's claims of the school not approaching Danny Hood before firing him. She replied in an email "no comment." It's important to note that no arrests have been been made at this time.


The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office says they received a complaint, and that the allegations came from the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) who is now looking into it.


Press Release: Robert F. Munroe Day School

As of Sunday, October 10th, 2013, Danny Hood has been terminated from employment at Robert F. Munroe Day School. This action was based on an allegation of improper conduct with a student, which has been sustained.

The well-being of our children is our highest priority. After learning of this allegation, Mr. Hood was placed on leave pending a thorough review of the situation. That review is complete.

Official communication on this issue will come directly from the Head of School.

At this point, we have asked Mr. Joey Edwards and Mr. Jimmy Harris to serve as Interim Co-Head Coaches of the football team. They all have graciously agreed. Jayme Williams has been hired as the new Dean.

Our commitment is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our children, and we appreciate the trust our parents have placed in us to guide and educate their children.

Suzanne M. Johnson
Head of School
Phone Number 850-856-5500
Fax Number 850-856-5856
Web Site www.rfmunroe.org


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