The head football coach at Liberty High School was arrested Thursday on a lewd molestation allegation as well as a complaint that he made a lewd proposal to a minor — a student at the school.
Tulsa County sheriff's deputies went to the school on Dec. 14 to investigate a report from the administration that Earl Stanley Tennial, 29, had been sending inappropriate text messages to a 15-year-old female student, an arrest report says. The district, which is in southern Tulsa County, also informed the girl's mother, according to the report.
After being read his Miranda rights, the coach told a deputy that “on or about Dec. 5 he received the initial text message from the 15 year old student,” the report says. Tennial told the deputy that the tone of the texting conversations initially was “casual, but at some point the content of the texting developed a sexual theme,” the document states.
The 15-year-old girl was interviewed by authorities on Tuesday and said she initiated contact with Tennial by texting him, the document says. There is no allegation that sexual intercourse occurred. However, the report says the girl said that — as they were sitting at his desk — Tennial placed his hands on her waist and pulled her close and that the two kissed for two or three minutes.
Tennial met with a deputy about midday Thursday at the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office and was placed under arrest, according to the document. He posted bond and was released from jail on Thursday night, and he has a Jan. 2 court date, according to the jail's website.
Liberty superintendent Donna Campo said Thursday night that Tennial has been suspended with pay and her recommendation that he be fired will be considered at a Jan. 14 school board meeting.
OU RANKED 14TH
The Oklahoma baseball team was No. 14 in the Collegiate Baseball preseason rankings. The Sooners (42-25 last season) were the only state team in the poll, which ranks the top-40 schools. Arkansas (46-22) was No. 1, followed by North Carolina, Vanderbilt, LSU and UCLA. TCU (No. 15) and Texas (No. 21) were the only other Big 12 teams in the rankings.