UPDATE: Failure to report charges dropped against former Whitfield Co. coach

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In October, a Northwest Whitfield High School coach was arrested and charged with failing to report the alleged rape of a student. Now, those charges have been dropped.

The Whitfield County Sheriff's Office says Lamar Cofield stopped by a party in July where several high school students were drinking, and one of the students told him she had been raped.

The high school student's family reported the assault to authorities on Friday, September 29th.

Cofield was later arrested and charged with failure to report, as he was a mandatory reporter. Another adult at the house was charged with furnishing alcohol to minors.

Cofield resigned from his position soon afterward.

According to Whitfield County District Attorney Bert Poston, the Georgia Supreme Court interprets mandatory reporting law to mean that the victim has to be a student of that teacher, or the teacher has to find out about the alleged abuse, assault, or rape in a school setting.

Poston says the charges were dropped because the victim was not one of Cofield's students, and he did not find out about the incident in a school setting.

Depend on us to update this story as we learn more.

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