• By John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

WCHS assistant girls’ soccer coach resigns - ‘No indication’ of inappropriate behavior here

Woodford Schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins said Patrick Melton, the assistant girls’ soccer coach arrested on rape and sodomy charges last week in Lexington, stepped down before those charges were made public.

“He actually resigned a little over a week ago,” Hawkins told the Sun Aug. 30. “He had called the head coach and left her a voicemail that he was going to be resigning his position immediately, and so we have… reached out to try to follow up with him, but we’ve not been able to reach him in that timeframe. So that was a little more than a week before we found out about the (alleged) incident…”

Patrick Melton, 21, the son of Franklin County Sheriff and former Versailles Police Department Officer Pat Melton, was arrested Aug. 28 and charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy. According to court records, Melton, a University of Kentucky student, forced himself on a woman in his Lexington residence July 7 after a night of drinking.

Hawkins said there was no indication Melton did anything inappropriate during his less-than six weeks as assistant coach for the Woodford County High School girls’ soccer team.

“Serving in that assistant coach role, there were always other coaches present. There were never any times where he would have been by himself with any of the players, because it was either at a practice or game situation,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins said every school employee and volunteer is given a background check before being allowed to take part in school activities. “Anybody that has direct contact with students, there’s a state and federal background check done, and there was nothing indicated on that (regarding Melton),” Hawkins said. Hawkins said he learned of the charges Aug. 28, and coaches and other school officials informed players and parents the following day.

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