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Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 12:00 pm

By Mason W. Canales and Angel Verdejo

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE - A former Copperas Cove High School assistant boys basketball coach turned himself in to police Monday after the city's police department issued a warrant for his arrest Sunday on a sexual assault charge involving a student.

Matthew Thomas Doyle, 37, of Copperas Cove was arraigned by Coryell County Justice of the Peace John Guinn on Monday on a charge of sexual assault. Guinn set Doyle's bond at $25,000, and he was released Tuesday after posting bail.

"He came here to the police department and the warrant was served here," Copperas Cove Police Department Spokesman Sgt. Kevin Keller said. "He cooperated and turned himself in."

According to a news release from CCPD, a 16-year-old girl detailed her involvement with a Copperas Cove Independent School District employee that occurred at the employee's house on Feb. 26.

Keller did not know what type of relationship the two individuals had prior to the incident, and neither did CCISD spokeswoman Katie Rudesheim.

"I have no idea what the relationship was, I just know that she was a current student," Rudesheim said.

Doyle was hired as a Copperas Cove High School assistant basketball coach and math teacher in 2010, but resigned March 23 when the district started to conduct an investigation into the possible incident and placed him on administrative leave, Rudesheim said.

The district received the allegations about the incident on March 22, and informed police the next day.

Doyle helped the Bulldawgs improve on a District 12-5A record that saw the team win just one district game in the 2009-10 season. Cove finished 15-17 overall and 4-10 in district play this year, placing sixth in 12-5A, but still missing the playoffs for the third straight season.

Also the head JV coach, Doyle was ejected during a sub-varsity game this season. He was then issued a public reprimand by the University Interscholastic League when its State Executive Committee met Jan. 19.

In addition to the reprimand, Doyle was placed on probation for one year.

Cove Athletic Director Jack Welch was reached for comment Tuesday, but referred comment to Rudesheim.

Copperas Cove police also are investigating similar allegations against CCHS head girls basketball coach Preston Flaniken, Keller said.

The district filed an incident report about Flaniken possibly having an improper relationship with a student on March 30.

Flaniken was placed on administrative leave at the same time that the school district filed the report with CCPD.

This isn't the first time the district has dealt with the same scenario.

In February 2004, former boys basketball coach Christopher Graham was placed on administrative leave after allegations of inappropriate contact with a student were reported.

The school board approved Graham's resignation in early April 2004. He was arrested that month.

Graham took over for Benny Ward, who was suspended during the 2002-03 season and later resigned after he and the district reached a settlement. Graham was named the interim head coach and was given the job officially in March 2003.

Contact Mason W. Canales at mcanales@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7474.

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