Michael Lydell Woods Jr., the Broadmoor High School coach who was an All-America baseball player at Southern University and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2001, was arrested Friday, accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student.
The 34-year-old Woods, an assistant football coach and head baseball coach at the high school, is accused of engaging in intercourse with the victim on multiple occasions, Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said in a news release.
A tip from Crime Stoppers informed police that a 17-year-old girl attending Broadmoor High School was overheard talking to other students about having sex with Woods, the Baton Rouge Police report says.
The school had 1,234 students enrolled as of Thursday.
The girl told police that she and Woods had been having sex for the past five weeks, the report says. She told police that Woods picked her up from work and took her to a hotel in Port Allen on multiple occasions to have sex.
She said on one occasion Woods took her to BREC’s Memorial Stadium, 1702 Foss St., and they had sex in Woods’ vehicle, the report says.
The victim gave police her phone during the investigation and learned from it that during the past several weeks, she and Woods had talked to each other on the phone at various hours of the day.
Woods was transported to Baton Rouge Police Headquarters as he was preparing for an away football game Sept. 4. Woods “freely admitted” to having sex with the student twice in Port Allen and once at BREC’s Memorial Stadium, the report says.
Adonica Duggan, spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Parish school system, said, “We received notification of the arrest late Friday afternoon. The human resources department will handle the matter in accordance with School Board policy.”
She had no further comment.
Woods, who previously coached football at Capitol High, is a 1998 Broadmoor graduate and played football and baseball for the Buccaneers.
As a second baseman at Southern University, he was the highest-drafted player for a Southwestern Athletic Conference school since Jackson State’s Earl Sanders was a first-round draft pick in 1986.
Woods played five seasons in the Tigers organization and another four years with independent professional baseball teams.
Woods, 3158 Sherry Drive, who is also a math teacher at Broadmoor High, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on prohibited sexual conduct between educator and student, McKneely said.