Power-lifting and substitute teacher booked by authorities
WATSON — Deputies arrested a Live Oak High School power-lifting coach, who resigned earlier this month, on 14 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, officials said Friday afternoon.
Deputies booked Thomas Broady, 25, in incidents involving six girls, ages 14 and 15, said Lori Steele, a spokeswoman for the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Livingston Parish School Superintendent Bill Spear said Broady is no longer employed by the parish and the school system is fully cooperating with the investigation, but Spear declined to give any other information about the case, saying it is a personnel matter.
In an affidavit attached to Broady’s arrest warrant, a student’s mother alleges that on Oct. 10, Broady had her 15-year-old daughter take off her shirt, bra and shorts, so he could measure her for a power-lifting uniform.
While in a room alone with the girl, he had her face him with her breasts exposed while he measured around her chest, the affidavit states.
Broady then measured her pelvic area while she was wearing only her panties, according to the affidavit.
The girl’s parents reported the incident to school officials the next day, and Broady, who had worked at the school in 2011 and 2012, resigned. School officials contacted the Sheriff’s Office, which began an investigation that same day, authorities said.
Since then, detectives have located five other victims in incidents that occurred in September and early October, Steele said.
No other details about the other incidents were included in the arrest warrant.
Deputies arrested Broady, who had also served as a substitute teacher, Friday at his home on Cedar Ridge Court in Denham Springs without incident.
He was being held in the Livingston Parish Detention Center on Friday in lieu of $350,000 bail, Steele said.
The investigation is continuing, she said.