Hernando middle school football coach accused of having sex with student in classroom

Marcus Wells, Hernando County Jail booking photo

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A football coach in Hernando County is accused of having sex with a middle school girl multiple times in his classroom.

Marcus Wells, 34, of Spring Hill, was arrested on Tuesday.

Investigators say Wells is an in-school suspension monitor (ISS) at Fox Chapel Middle School in Hernando County.

The sheriff’s office began investigating after a child reported to the school resource officer that Wells was having a sexual relationship with a student.

“This young person is very courageous and I commend that person,” said sheriff Al Nienhuis.

Investigators say the victim told them she had eight sexual encounters with Wells in the classroom.

Detectives also say Wells admitted to the crimes.

“It’s very scary to know that you cannot trust the teacher or anybody,” said Fox Chapel parent Monica DeLeon.

Wells was charged with four counts of sexual assault by a custodian, battery victim under 18 years of age.

Bond was set at $80,000.

Dr. Lori Romano, Hernando County Schools superintendent, said Wells worked for the district for eight years and was fired after his arrest.

She said he passed a background check and as of now, district employees who are cleared are allowed to be alone with a child.

“I think that it’s extremely disheartening,” Romano said. She recommends that parents “make sure that they speak to their children.”

The sheriff doesn’t believe there are more victims, but isn’t ruling out the possibility.

A state prosecutor working the case said Wells could face up to life in prison if convicted.

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