Police arrest former Tulare Western basketball coach after report of possible inappropriate relationship with student


Alec Andrue Denney, 25, of Tulare (Tulare Police)

TULARE, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — A Tulare man identified as a former assistant basketball coach at Tulare Western High School was arrested Wednesday following a report of a possible inappropriate relationship with a student, according to Tulare Police.

A Tulare Police school resource officer was told of the relationship and immediately conducted an investigation.

Alec Andrue Denney, 25, of Tulare, was arrested without incident that day and booked into the Tulare County Jail on suspicion of oral copulation of a minor under 16, sex with a minor, digital penetration and sexual battery, said Sgt. Edward Hinojosa.

In a statement, the Tulare Joint Union High School District said Denney was last employed with the district as a walk-on basketball assistant coach for the girl’s varsity team at the high school during the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 season.

The district said it takes the allegations against Denney “very seriously” and said it would continue to work with Police in their investigation.

Tulare Joint Union also said it remains committed to the safety and well-being of all of its students and that district staff receive regular training and guidance regarding the importance of maintaining appropriate relationships with students.

Students and staff are encouraged to report any perceived misconduct by an employee.

Tulare Joint Union said it reports potential cases of employee criminal misconduct to law enforcement.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact Detective Matt Muller at 559-685-2300 ext. 2157.

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