Assistant principal, head football coach at Hillside High School charged with attempted rape

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Friday, June 9, 2023
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DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- An assistant principal at a Durham high school has been arrested on an attempted rape charge.

Hillside High School Assistant Principal Louis Ray Harrison, 48, of Apex, who also served as head football coach, was charged with attempted second-degree rape and felony breaking and entering with the intent to terrorize or injure.

The arrest came following an investigation into accusations made against him on March 21.

Durham Public Schools said Harrison was suspended on March 22. He remained off campus and was suspended with pay until he submitted his resignation effective June 30.

DPS would not say whether the alleged offense happened on school grounds but court documents showed the alleged offenses likely took place at a residence on Four Seasons Drive. ABC11 has learned that the victim was not a student.

"When we got the news, we were just speechless. He's not the type of guy who would do something like that from my perspective. He's a really great guy, great coach," a student told ABC11. "When it comes down to something like this, it's unspeakable, it's unreal."

According to his bio on the school's website, Harrison is responsible for science, world languages, and media technology. He had nearly two decades of experience in the education field. Prior to teaching, Harrison served in the United States Air Force.

Harrison was given a $150,000 unsecured bond. He is scheduled to make a court appearance on June 26.