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Former EIS basketball coach accused of sexual abuse out of jail

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By Taylor Riley

A former Eminence Independent Schools freshman basketball team coach is out on bail after a sexual abuse charge.

Travis Xavier Green, 24, was arrested at 11:48 p.m. Feb. 14 after an incident that occurred Feb. 11. He was released from the Oldham County Detention Center at 3:50 p.m. on Friday.

A jail employee said Green was released on a $5,000 cash bond, posted by Valorie Mitchell. It is unclear the relation Mitchell has to Green.

Green, who was fired as a coach at Eminence on Jan. 25, took his former team member, a 14-year-old male juvenile, to a non-school-related basketball game in Frankfort on Feb. 11. The victim decided he wanted to leave the game at halftime, and while the two were driving on Highway 60, Green took a gun and threatened to rape the juvenile, according to Eminence Police Det. John Bailey.

The juvenile told Bailey the gun was so close to him, "he could see the bullets."

Upon arriving at the victim's home, Green allegedly grabbed the 14-year-old male juvenile in the crotch area of his body–on his penis and testicle area, on top of the clothing, according to a citation.

The victim alleged that this occurred twice at the victim's home before he was able to get away from Green and into the residence. The victim, a student at Eminence Independent Schools told school officials about the incident, and the school informed police.

The Henry County Sheriff's Department worked with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department to execute a search warrant and arrest Green Thursday night at his Shelby County home, according to Det. Bailey.

During the booking, Green admitted to the victim's account but said he was only joking and felt the victim took his actions out of context, read the citation.

Green told officers he felt that his friendship with the victim was such that he felt comfortable in joking with him that way.

The rape threats occured while driving in Franklin County, and Eminence Police have been working closely with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, and they expect a charge of wanton endangerment against Green soon.

Det. Bailey said the victim reported several accounts of inappropriate behavior from Green at basketball games when Green was a coach but nothing Bailey would consider criminal offenses. After Green left Eminence, he continued the friendship with the student, according to Bailey.

Green's computer and cell phone are being searched at a lab in Frankfort, so there may be even more upcoming criminal charges, said Bailey.

According to his public Facebook page, Green is from Shelbyville and went to Shelby County High School. He coached at Western Hills High School in Frankfort from 2015-2016 and at Frankfort High School from 2016-2018.

Green was fired recently at Henry County EMS, where he served as an EMT, according to a Paige Lucas, Director of Henry County EMS.

Green was "asked to no longer volunteer" as coach at Eminence on Jan. 25, according to the statement, due to an unrelated issue. Green subbed for the district on six occasions from Dec. 10, 2018 to Jan. 23, 2019.

"Student safety is our top priority; we take these allegations and investigation very seriously and are coopering with law enforcement," the statement read. "Substantiated misconduct by any employee/volunteer will be addressed consistent with Board Policy and applicable laws.

"Anyone with information regarding anything which places any student in harm's way is requested to contact the school district and local law enforcement. We apologize that we can't provide more information due to it being an ongoing, open investigation."

Calls to Frankfort Independent Schools have not been returned.

Green will appear in court for an arraignment at 9 a.m. on March 6.