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School administrator, coach charged with giving alcohol to minors

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LENOIR, NC (WBTV) -

A high school wrestling coach and student concerns specialist has been arrested after he's accused of giving alcohol to minors at his home.

According to the Lenoir Police Department, Joshua Dale Woodruff, 32, turned himself in to authorities on Monday.

He resigned his position with the school system on Tuesday.

He was charged with three counts of giving a malt beverage/unfortified wine to a minor.

Woodruff is listed as the head coach for the Hibriten High School wrestling team. He is also listed as a member of the school's administrative team as the student concerns specialist.

Police say they received tips from the community that Woodruff had been giving underage people alcohol and an investigation began.

Woodruff allegedly had provided alcohol to students between October 18, 2013 and November 9, 2013 at his home.
 
Woodruff was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $6,000.00 secured bond.

He has a court date of July 7, 2014 in Caldwell County District Court.

"We fully support the efforts of the school administration and the Lenoir Police Department in educating students on the ill-effects of alcohol and the laws that prohibit underage drinking," said Superintendent Dr. Steve Stone in a statement. "No adult should ever provide alcohol to young people, in any circumstances, whether in the comforts of their own home or in public."

In early spring of 2014 The Lenoir Police Department, in conjunction with Caldwell County Schools, launched an underage drinking campaign, H.e.a.r. (Helping elevate awareness and responsibility), to bring about awareness of underage drinking and the dangerous effects it has on our youth.

"This is a disappointing incident however this type of behavior is unacceptable by anyone.  We have adopted a zero-tolerance policy and will diligently work with the Caldwell County School System and community to protect the safety of our students," Chief Scott Brown told WBTV. "We encourage anyone to report any allegations of underage drinking and those who provide alcohol to our youth."

Anyone with information related to illegal underage alcohol violations or any other criminal activity, is asked to contact the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100 or Lenoir/Caldwell County Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300.

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