Former Johnson Central girls’ basketball coach arrested, charged with rape, sexual abuse and sodomy

Darrin Rice
Darrin Rice(Big Sandy Regional Detention Center)
Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 5:24 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2022 at 8:18 PM EDT
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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A former Johnson Central girls’ basketball coach was arrested Wednesday after an indictment was handed down against him.

Officials said 54-year-old Darrin Rice faces rape, sexual abuse and sodomy charges.

Officials with Johnson County Schools released the following statement:

“Johnson County Schools has learned that a former employee and girls’ basketball coach has been indicted on multiple counts of inappropriate conduct.

Our priority is the safety and welfare of all students. Although this deals with a former employee, we always strive to work with law enforcement and the community to protect each and every one of our students.

Because this is an active Kentucky State Police investigation, all questions are referred to law enforcement officials.”

Johnson County Schools

Darrin Rice began coaching the Lady Eagles during the 2013-14 season, according to the KHSAA website. He was listed as the coach for nine seasons.

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Johnson Central hired a new girls’ basketball coach during the Spring of 2022.

We will update this story when more information is available.