Centennial High School coach charged with sexual battery by authority figure

Friday, August 24, 2012 at 3:55pm
Staff reports
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Darren Henrie

Centennial High School Athletic Director Darren P. Henrie faces three counts of sexual battery by an authority figure following an indictment by a Williamson County grand jury.

On Friday, investigators with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Henrie, 44, who is the boys basketball coach and girls golf coach at the high school. Henrie was released on $50,000 bond Friday morning, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

Henrie is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 10 at 9 a.m.

Anyone with information pertaining to the case can call the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division at 790-5554.

7 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 8/24/12 at 4:50

What happens if a girl or boy just make up a story? Will the male teacher be fired and arrested and ruined?

By: ancienthighway on 8/24/12 at 5:59

Did you not read the first paragraph? The County Grand Jury was presented with enough information to indict Henrie, who was subsequently arrested. Chances are very good he won't be working at that school anymore; if innocent, his ability to teach there has been compromised.
Initial police investigation apparently did not find any flaws or falsehoods with the accusations. If they did, it never would have been presented to the DA and taken to the Grand Jury.
But if you feel Henrie is being railroaded by some rich spoiled Williamson County kids, start your Free Henrie Campaign and lobby the jury for a Not Guilty finding before the trial has even started.

By: Rasputin72 on 8/25/12 at 5:51

Dear Ancient, Very good information about the process. Are you a friend of the accused?

By: Ask01 on 8/25/12 at 11:59

I suspect, unless there were obvious indications the story was fabricated, any court or school would have acted in the same manner.

With the atmosphere lingering after the Penn State incient, no official in any capacity would likely be willing to risk erring by taking insufficient action.

The sad truth is, I believe even if the coach is totally exonerated, his career is certainly over at Centennial, perhaps even in Nashville and Tennessee. The accusations will linger even if they are eventually proven false.

If no action had been initiated, there would most certainly be questions, and repercussions when parents discovered they had been kept in the dark.

I just hope the truth is uncovered without the case becoming a media circus with prosecutors and defense attroneys trying to make a career on the situation.

(I'd like to win the lottery, also, but consider such equally unlikely.)

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By: Rasputin72 on 8/26/12 at 7:36

Bennyhaha......I appreciate your observations. Perhaps you can appreciate my opinion of you. You are a loser who is angry at the world because you "should" have done better.

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