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Zephyrhills Police refute Pasco school district allegations against former teacher, coach



The Zephyrhills Police Department has found no evidence of wrongdoing by Sgt. Reggie Roberts during the time he was being removed from the Zephyrhills High School football coaching job.

Roberts and his supporters fought hard to keep him at the post, which he held since 2010. During that period, school officials alleged that Roberts had illegally recorded meetings with administrators and used his position to intimidate staff members.

District leaders also said they had reports that he kept his service weapon untended in his school office while coaching, as well as leaving case evidence in the school.

Police chief David Shears investigated, at superintendent Kurt Browning's request, and reported that allegations about the weapon and the evidence were not true. There was not enough evidence to support the other two claims, the chief stated. (See his memo to city manager Steve Spina.)

The issue had more relevance when Roberts was overseeing resource officers in Zephyrhills High and Stewart Middle. But he was pulled from that role during the investigation, and in the meantime the city and school district agreed to end their contract for officers in the schools. The Sheriff's Office has since taken over.

School district leaders have not given any indication they will pursue the matter any further.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 3:19pm]


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