KSLA has uncovered new information in the arrest of a North DeSoto High School basketball coach.
Robert Bender, 46, was arrested Thursday at the high school and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.
KSLA News 12 has learned that the alleged victim is the daughter of a DeSoto Parish Sheriff's deputy. Even so, the sheriff's office contends that their investigation will not be hampered by that fact.
After seeing a post on our Facebook page reportedly by the alleged victim, KSLA News 12 looked into how the investigation got started. We learned on Friday that authorities began their investigation after the alleged victim's father carried out an operation on his own.
Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle says the girl went to school with an audio and video recording device and reportedly recorded an inappropriate comment from Bender. The father, a sheriff's deputy, is said to have gone to the sheriff's office with a complaint and the video.
Arbuckle tells us the complaint was brought to his office like any other complaint, and that no favoritism was shown. Arbuckle says the alleged victim's relationship with a sheriff's deputy does not preclude her from the due diligence of an investigation.
DeSoto Parish Schools Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley said on Thursday that the alleged incidents with the student occurred on campus and that the student is still attending school.
Bender was hired in 2007. He started as an assistant boys' basketball coach and special education teacher at the high school. He was promoted to head boys' basketball coach a few years ago.
Brumley also says that Bender submitted a letter of resignation to the school board in March for reasons unrelated to this investigation. Bender's resignation was to be effective at the end of April.
Now Bender is on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of the sheriff's investigation.
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