Baseball coach charged with molesting students

Reporter: Allison Bybee

FORT PIERCE, FL (WFLX) - He's well known and respected. But, on Wednesday, a popular high school baseball coach was arrested accused of inappropriately touching two teens.

Charles Johnson is charged with molesting two high school students. "Everyone knows Coach Johnson; he's an icon. His son's a major league baseball player - regarded very highly in the community. It's a shock."

A shock even to students who knew him as a baseball coach and math teacher. After a week long investigation by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, Charles Johnson was charged with two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation.

Deputies say it happened at Fort Pierce Westwood High school. One 15-year-old student says Coach Johnson touched her inappropriately twice at school. "In this instance, he touched both in a very private area. One he must have felt some time of remorse because he said please don't tell your mama."

During the investigation, another student came forward making similar claims. That student's report is still being investigated.

Charles Johnson is the father of former Marlins catcher Charles Johnson. Johnson attended Fort Pierce Westwood and played for the Marlins in the mid 90s.

The St. Lucie County School District tells us Johnson Sr. was placed on administrative reassignment last Friday. The district says after the resolution of the charges, they will review the matter to determine whether a violation of its policies and procedures occurred and the appropriate action to take concerning his employment.

Johnson was interviewed by deputies. He denies the allegations. Since his arrest, Johnson has posted bond and told to have no contact with minors.