Misconduct accusations surface after David Crockett’s head football coach, athletic director suspended

WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – On Tuesday, we reported that two David Crockett football leaders were placed on administrative leave, according to Washington County Director of Schools Kimber Halliburton.

News Channel 11’s Justin Soto interviewed Halliburton Tuesday afternoon who told us that an interim football coach has been appointed after David Crockett Head Football Coach Gerald Sensabaugh was suspended Tuesday morning due to an investigation into alleged misconduct.

Later Tuesday afternoon, we learned that David Crockett Athletic Director Josh Kite was also placed on administrative leave due to accusations against him made by the schools head football coach, Gerald Sensabaugh.

Halliburton tells us complaints started coming in about Sensabaugh back in August, September. The complaint was about Sensabaugh using profanity on the field.

She says on Oct. 6 he was called in to speak with Principal Peggy Wright for a letter of guidance to outline the concerns.

Halliburton also said Sensabaugh practiced a student who was under doctor’s care and on the list not to play. She also said a long time assistant coach quit over the weekend because of Sensabaugh’s behavior.

In that Oct. 6 meeting, Halliburton said: “He said there had been a gun at David Crockett High School however he had never brought that to the principal’s attention prior to him being called in to correct his misconduct,” she said.

After inquiring into what accusations were made against Kite, Halliburton told us that Sensabaugh claimed Kite offered him prescription drugs.

He’s also been placed on leave pending an investigation.

Halliburton said she doesn’t feel Sensabaugh is keeping student’s best interest in mind. She added that she’s not concerned about his social media posts about the allegations and that is his First Amendment right, but he shouldn’t be involving students.

“Every time he’s been asked to come in to address his own misconduct, he makes new allegations regarding certain employees, safety matters, that have never been brought to our attention before being brought in for his own misconduct,” she said.

Halliburton also said: “He’s involving our students and athletes into this matter which makes me think he’s enjoying the spotlight and it’s making it look like Gerald Sensabaugh is about Gerald Sensabaugh.”

Tuesday, people rallied in support of coach Sensabaugh at central office.

“We have players and parents who are very much in support of Coach Sensabaugh but we also have parents and players who are extremely fearful of him,” Halliburton said.

Sensabaugh’s lifelong friend, Raymond Moree, tells us he stands with Sensabaugh.

He’s planning a rally, Wednesday, to show support. He says hundreds across the community are interested.

“If he was doing it for attention why in the world would he not just sit back and keep his mouth clothes and take the pats on the back and the support of the community that’s behind him for the best start in school history instead he’s decided to bring about the injustice that he feels,” Moree said.

As an investigation looms over Crockett’s campus, their athletic future is uncertain.

“What we’re going to do is protect the safety and well being of our students, that is paramount,” Halliburton said.

Halliburton told us while there is currently no criminal investigation at this time, an outside law firm is investigating the accusations.

Meanwhile – Assistant Coach Brandon Quals – has been named interim head football coach.

That rally in support of Sensabaugh is from 3 to 8 Wednesday at central office

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