Probation Dept. Files Petition To Revoke In Former Track Coach Case

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive
By Emma Koch - 21Alive

January 23, 2014 Updated Jan 23, 2014 at 12:58 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (21Alive) - The Huntington County Probation Department filed a petition to revoke in the case of a former Huntington North H.S. Track and Cross-Country coach, who pleaded guilty to sexual battery and battery.

Officials with the Probation Dept. allege Donald Cotton violated his probationary terms by failing to register as a sex offender. They filed a petition requesting the court revoke his probation.

Jan. 13 Report
A former Huntington North High School teacher and coach learned his punishment Monday after admitting to sexual battery on school property.

Donald Cotton, 68, of Huntington, was sentenced in Huntington County courts to 3½ years in prison with all of it suspended after pleading guilty in December to one count of sexual battery and two counts of battery.

Cotton will serve one year on electronic monitoring.

Cotton admitted to trying to kiss a woman and make her touch his privates while in a car in the Huntington North High School parking lot in August.

Additionally, Cotton admitted to pressing his groin against the bottom of a 16- or 17-year-old girls cross country runner during practice sometime between August and October of 2005.

Cotton coached at Huntington North for 44 years, and also worked as an adjunct professor at Huntington University.

Cotton was given a no trespass order for the high school in September.

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