Zephyrhills High girls basketball coach arrested for inappropriate sexual contact with student

Claims involve 2 employee and a female student

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. - UPDATE |  A 39-year-old instructional assistant and head basketball coach of a girls junior varsity team, has been arrested and charged with unlawful sexual activity with a 17-year-old student, authorities said. 

Samuel Walker is an employee at Zephyrhills  High School. 

According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, the acts occurred between February 1 and April 17/.

No further details were released regarding the incident. 

ABC Action News has contacted the Pasco County School District spokeswoman to find out Walker's employment status with the school district. 

The I-Team broke this story Friday night at 6 p.m.

I-Team investigator Jarrod Holbrook was told a second school employee also is under investigation. 

ORIGINAL STORY | The I-Team has uncovered a criminal investigation involving at least two school employees at Zephyrhills High School.

Pasco County School District officials are being tight lipped, but here is what we know so far:

Sources tell investigator Jarrod Holbrook at least 2 men, a teacher and another school employee, are being investigated after allegations of sexual misconduct with a student recently surfaced.

The school employees are accused of inappropriate relationships with a female student.

Pasco sheriff's deputies have confirmed an active investigation is underway.

At this time, we are not mentioning the names of the employees because currently they have not been charged with a crime.

We reached out to school officials and they said both employees are on paid leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.


Jarrod Holbrook is an Emmy and AP Award-winning Investigative Reporter for the ABC Action News I-Team.

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