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Judge denies bond to ex-coaches

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Two former Statesboro High School assistant football coaches remain in jail after a magistrate denied them bond on charges of having sex with underage students.

Jeffrey Crowder and Luke Parks made their first appearance in court to formally hear the charges against them.

Both face a charge of sexual assault by person's in supervisory or disciplinary authority. Parks also faces a charge of enticing a minor.

Both informed the deputy magistrate judge they would secure their own attorneys. Those attorneys will be responsible for seeking a bond hearing in Superior Court.

The men are accused of sexual contact with separate 16-year-old girls who are students at the school. Georgia state law sets 16 as the age of consent for sex, however, the law specifies that teachers/students are not covered.

The case has sparked debate on whether teens should face any repricussions for consensual sex with adults. 

One Statesboro High parent, who spoke anonymously to WTOC, felt teenage students should face some consequences.

"We try 16 and 17 year olds for murder as adults," she said. "We give them drivers licenses and figure they're responsible enough to handle a car."

The parent felt school officials and police acted swiftly to investigate and address the case.

Plenty of parents have voiced their opinion at www.facebook.com/wtocdalcannady

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