A coach is accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student, while the mother of the young girl reportedly knew about the relationship but did not intervene.
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office arrested 38 year-old Beth Hamblin Cooke of Smithfield on Friday on a single felony count of child abuse involving a sexual act. She was given a $50,000 bond.
Law enforcement officials allege Cooke had knowledge her juvenile daughter had an ongoing sexual relationship with a coach at Premier Athletics on Guy Road in Clayton. That coach, Jacob Alan Parton, 23, of Colson Drive, was arrested in December 2017 on two counts of statutory sex offense with a child, two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and two counts of statutory rape of a child. Parton is currently free from custody on bail awaiting trial.
Cooke’s juvenile daughter attended Premier Athletics and Parton was her cheerleading coach, according to sheriff’s investigators. Cooke also worked part-time at Premier Athletics, authorities said Monday.
The alleged incidents occurred over a period of approximately 18 months beginning when the victim was 13 and ending when she was 14.
WTSB reached out to Premier Athletics of Clayton on Monday for their response. A woman who answered the phone declined to give her name and said the organization had no comment.
Monday afternoon, Shelia Noone spokesperson for Premier Athletics in Knoxville, TN issued a statement saying, “Jacob Alan Parton was terminated last year. Ms. Hamlin-Cooke has been terminated. We are unable to comment due to the active investigation.”
Authorities said no additional arrests are anticipated in the case.