Former coach pleads guilty to sex crime with student


Marco Suarez

Marco Suarez



Dispatch Staff Report



A former Caledonia High School teacher and soccer coach is on probation after pleading guilty to sexual battery.


Marco Suarez, 34, pled guilty to the felony in February. Mississippi 16th District Circuit Judge Lee Coleman sentenced Suarez on April 22.


Suarez received a 10-year suspended sentence, five years on probation and a $2,400 fine, according to court documents.



A conviction of sexual battery carries a maximum possible penalty of 30 years behind bars in Mississippi.


Suarez was arrested in May 2013 after investigators said he had sex with a 17-year-old female student. The victim, shortly after Suarez's arrest, wrote a victim statement asking that Suarez receive prison time, according court documents in Lowndes County Circuit Court.


However, in a recent affidavit included in file, the victim stated that she is OK with him receiving probation.


Suarez was also initially charged with enticement of a child for sexual purposes. That charge was later dropped.





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