roopers arrested the wrestling coach at Caesar Rodney High School on Wednesday on charges of illicit sexual conduct with a female student, Delaware State Police said.
According to authorities, Richard L. Howell, Jr., 50, of Wyoming, was involved in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student at the Caesar Rodney High School. Police said the relationship began as early as March 2014 and lasted through December of that same year.
During the extent of the relationship, the two were alleged to have engaged in “inappropriate sexual behavior” at least nine different times on school grounds as well as a number of times at Howell’s own residence in Camden.
Howell, who is also a teacher at the school, was arrested and charged Wednesday after he turned himself in to police. He faces counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child, 15 counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a child by a person of trust, and two counts of fourth-degree rape.
Howell, who led CR to 8 state championships between 2001 and 2012 and was named Division I Coach of the Year in 2012, was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of $550,000 secured bond and ordered to have no contact with the victim or anyone under the age of 18.
Howell has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a statement from Caesar Rodney School District Superintendent Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald. The Caesar Rodney School District is fully cooperating with the Delaware State Police in their investigation.