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Santaluces basketball coach accused of having inappropriate relationship with student

Santaluces HS basketball coach Michael Cohen is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. (PBSO|MGN)

A basketball coach at Santaluces High School is facing criminal charges.

Palm Beach County School District Police arrested 26-year-old Michael Herbert Cohen. He's accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student in 2017.

Investigators said Cohen exchanged racy texts, and nude photos and video over GroupMe and Snapchat with the student. On one occasion, the girl said Cohen kissed her on the mouth after he drove her home from a school game or practice.

Police arrested Cohen on Wednesday night after he coached a game at Santaluces High School. According to the arrest report, Cohen admitted to having the inappropriate relationship with the student and kissing her on the mouth. He said he knew it was wrong but it "just happened."

District Police said Cohen worked at the school as an Assistant Behavior and Physical Needs instructor. He also worked as the Assistant Athletic Director and coach of the basketball team. He'd been with the school since 2017. The relationship with the student began in Dec. 2017 and lasted through the school year.

The district sent a note to parents regarding the matter:

Hello Santaluces High School Parents and Guardians.. this is Principal Tameka Robinson.
Last night, a non-instructional member of our staff was arrested by school police.
Michael Cohen, the assistant girl's basketball coach here at Santaluces, is facing charges, and will not return to our campus pending the outcome of a police investigation.
I want to assure all of our families that our school and District take all allegations of misconduct very seriously.
Since this is an open investigation we cannot supply any further information about the incident at this time.
I appreciate your understanding and continued support of Santaluces High School.

Cohen is due in court Thursday morning on a charge of "authority figure solicit, engage in sexual conduct with a student."

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