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Parents, administrators meet after coach charged with sexually assaulting student

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A popular coach accused of sexually assaulting a student more than a decade ago had parents speaking out Wednesday night. They packed Oxbow Union High School demanding answers from school officials.

Administrators say they're going to make safety priority number one and say they know they have to do better. However, many parents voiced frustration when administrators couldn't provide details as to how they'll achieve that goal.

Wednesday evening Oxbow  Union High School Principal Larry Walsh made a promise to those in attendance. "Our paramount job is to take care of our students and our staff," he said.
News of a scandal ripped through the Bradford high school nine days prior, when police arrested 43-year-old and long-time girls varsity sports coach Brian Musty. He's accused of fostering a three-year long sexual relationship with a student beginning in 1997.  She was 15.

Parents say they can't understand why the school didn't inform them, instead allowing the news to be relayed by students. "I really apologize for not doing this in a better fashion, there's no textbook," said Walsh. He added that they didn't offer much information on the charges under advice from legal counsel.

"I want to know what resources you used when a few parents came to you with issues regarding Brian," upset parent Bonnie Prill asked of Walsh. He said he doesn't remember any such meeting.
Multiple parents and former staff members say they had raised concerns about Musty's behavior and said he acted inappropriately around students. Administrators deny receiving multiple complaints and say they had no idea the arrest was coming.

Charging documents indicate administrators told investigators they have a file on Musty. When asked about the file Orange East Supervisory Union Superintendent Don Johnson said they keep a file on every teacher. He added that Musty's is thin and didn't contain any allegations of impropriety.
The scandalous news comes six years after prosecutors convicted an elementary teacher in the Bradford school district of creating child porn with male middle school students.
Administrators could not say what policies have changed since then because none of them were in their current positions at that time.

Parents say that's no excuse. Many asked the administration multiple times to provide specifics for future policy changes. They didn't get direct answers.
"'We're doing that' is not specific enough when it comes to what policies you have in place that is mitigating opportunity," said BreAnna Kline after one such exchange.

Administrators have made counselors available to students or faculty member who need to speak with someone. State officials say tips on protecting children from sexual abuse can be found online here.

If you have any information that may be related to this case, please contact the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

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