Hillcrest Employee Fired After Arrest on Charges Related to Sex with Student

A now-former Hillcrest High School assistant football coach is in the Greene County Jail facing charges related to accusations he engaged in sexual activity with a 16-year-old student.

Mikael Cooper-Falls, 29, was arrested Monday on suspicion of sodomy and having sexual contact with a student.

The Springfield School District fired Cooper-Falls from his position as a paraprofessional at Hillcrest after the arrest.

Prosecutor Dan Patterson is reviewing the case for formal charges.

UPDATE: Here’s the statement from Springfield Public Schools.

“Late on Friday, Springfield Public Schools was notified that a staff member, working as a paraprofessional at Hillcrest High School, had been accused of inappropriate conduct with a student. SPS immediately notified law enforcement, made a hotline call to the Children’s Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services, and placed the staff member on administrative leave, pending an investigation. Today, we were notified of the staff member’s arrest and pending charges related to this case. As a result, we have terminated the employee, effective immediately. We are deeply saddened by this situation, pledge our ongoing cooperation to law enforcement as the investigation continues, and remain focused on ensuring that our student has the full support needed to begin moving forward in the aftermath of these disturbing allegations.”

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