A mug shot of Reginald Burnette, the head football coach of Mount Vernon Presbyterian School.
A mug shot of Reginald Burnette, the head football coach of Mount Vernon Presbyterian School.

The head football coach for Mount Vernon Presbyterian School is on indefinite leave following a Jan. 29 arrest in Cobb County for public indecency, the school confirmed.

According to an arrest summary, Reginald Burnette was arrested on Jan. 29. Public indecency is a misdemeanor for a first-time offender.

Cobb County Police spokesman Mike Bowman said the alleged incident happened on Jan. 21. According to the police report the incident occurred at the corner of Chimney Springs Drive and Bishop Creek Drive in Cobb County.

“The victim stated that she had a flat tire on her vehicle (white Lexus) and that she was waiting for roadside assistance vehicle from Lexus when she was approached by a black male in a blue van who asked her for directions and then exposed his genitalia to her before leaving,” the police report says.

School spokeswoman Allison Toller said the charges to not involve any student or other employee at the school.

“He is taking indefinite leave until this legal process is completed,” Toller said.

Here is a letter that Brett Jacobsen, head of the school, sent to parents last week:

Dear Mount Vernon Community,

I want to take this opportunity to inform you that a member of the Mount Vernon Presbyterian School faculty and coaching staff, Coach Reggie Burnette, is currently under investigation by the Cobb County Police Department. We can confirm the alleged actions leading to the investigation did not take place at the School and have no reason to believe that the situation under investigation involved any student, employee, or parent associated with Mount Vernon. We are not in a position to comment further on the specific allegations. The School will focus on fulfilling our responsibilities to our students and families. We have been in communication with Coach Burnette, and he will be taking an indefinite leave of absence until this legal process is complete. We would ask that everyone in our community respect and understand the Burnette family’s need for privacy at this time and keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Dr. Brett Jacobsen
Head of School

Dan Whisenhunt

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