A Lincoln High School staff member has been accused of raping a 17-year-old student at the high school.
33-year-old Marcus Perry has been charged with 1st degree sexual assault.
Perry worked as an in-school suspension technician and coached the Links’ varsity girls’ basketball team, according to Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Steve Joel.
“The incident did not involve a member of the athletic team, but occurred in an in-school suspension room and was associated with Perry’s duties that include providing assistance for short and long-term suspension programs,” Joel told reporters during a news conference.
Officers arrested Perry Thursday for an alleged incident at the in-school suspension room December 7th.
Joel praised the girl for speaking to a school counselor.
“We applaud, and we honor the student for the courage it took to speak up,” Joel said.
Joel acknowledged the arrest has shaken the district.
“This is a very unsettling incident and we will do everything in our power to review all our classroom safety and security procedures, determining if we need to put more protective measures in place,” Joel said. “It is standard protocol to conduct complete background checks for all of our potential employees, but in cases like this, we also need to review our hiring practices.”
Perry, a native of Anniston, Alabama, came to Nebraska in 2004 to play for the Huskers. He started during the 2006-2007 season. Perry joined the Lincoln High School staff in early 2016. He previously coached the Lincoln High boys’ freshman team.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this story.