Green enters not guilty plea for sexual abuse charge

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By Taylor Riley

A former Eminence Independent Schools freshman basketball team coach pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to a sexual abuse charge.

Travis Xavier Green, 24, appeared in front of Judge Diana Wheeler at the Henry County Temporary Courthouse in Eminence, on a charge of first degree sexual abuse. Green, on behalf of his attorney, gave a plea of not guilty.

Prosecutor and County Attorney Jennie Harrod told the court that when Green's electronic devices come back from the lab, he will most likely be facing new criminal charges. Harrod also said additional charges will be coming out of Franklin County.

Green will remain on the same bond, Wheeler said, which was $5,000 cash, posted at 3:50 p.m. Feb. 15 by Valerie Mitchell. Mitchell is described in court documents as living at the same Elmburg Road address in Pleasureville, but it is unclear her relation to Green.

Under his bond contract, Green should have no contact with the victim, who was a former member of the team coached by Green.

Green was fired as coach at Eminence on Jan. 25 due to an unrelated issue. He was also a substitute teacher for the district on six occasions from December 2018 to January 2019. Green was fired recently at Henry County EMS, where he served as an EMT. 

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. 

An arrest citation says Green took a 14-year-old male 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.

Green also allegedly grabbed the 14-year-old male in the crotch area of his body when the two arrived at the victim’s home.

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

Green will appear again in court at 1 p.m. April 22.