Report Details Incident That Led To Local Coach’s Resignation

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BRUCEVILLE-EDDY (February 11, 2014) A report by a McLennan County sheriff’s investigator released Tuesday details the allegations that led to the resignation of
Bruceville-Eddy High School boys’ basketball coach Cody Slaughter.

Cody Slaughter (File)

Slaughter was placed on administrative leave and the sheriff’s office initiated its investigation after several students alleged that on Jan. 19, Slaughter attended a party at the home of one of the students “where alcohol had been consumed by different students and games such as beer pong had been played,” according to the report by Deputy Samuel Blanco.

Slaughter resigned last week, although McLennan County sheriff’s investigators found the allegations to be unfounded.

“No student stated in their statement form that the coach did provide them with alcohol nor did they state that the coach partook in any of the games that were being played that night,” Blanco said in the report.

“The students did state however that coach Slaughter was drinking in their presence as well as the students drinking in the coach’s presence,” the report says.

In an attached handwritten statement, Slaughter said he picked up two players after eating dinner in Temple on Jan. 19, and “drove around” while talking about what the team needed to do to make the playoffs.

He said he dropped one player off and said the other asked if Slaughter would drop him off at a friend’s house.

Slaughter said he drove to the residence “where there were some (high school) students” and said he went inside with the player “because he said he might not want to stay.”

“He decided that he didn’t want to stay and we left and I took him home,” Slaughter wrote in the statement.

Slaughter acknowledged drinking earlier in the evening while eating dinner at the Texas Roadhouse in Temple, but said, “I did not drink (with the students) or see any of them drink that night.”

“I have never supplied or drank with students,” he wrote.

“I love these kids and I am here for them 100%”

Slaughter also taught U.S. history, according to the district's online directory.