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Allen Joseph

Allen Joseph was fired from his post as a part-time football coach at Jesuit High School in the wake of allegations that he got three boys drunk this summer, lured them into his bed and rubbed himself against one of them, according to a statement issued by the all-boys Catholic school.

Meanwhile, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office has released the most complete account yet of the allegations against Joseph, which includes serving the boys vodka-laced chocolate milk and playing "beer pong" with them during the gathering at his Metairie home. 

Joseph is also accused of repeatedly drinking alcohol with one boy during overnight visits and getting mad if the boy did not sleep in bed with him.  

Jesuit officials said in the statement they had no knowledge of any inappropriate behavior by Joseph while he worked for the school "or otherwise." They have never said how long he was a coach at the school or if he coached any other sports.

Joseph received his non-faculty position after passing a criminal background check and completing training by the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the school said. He was dismissed immediately after the first allegations against him surfaced in August.

Joseph, who is also a well-known playground coach in Jefferson Parish, was initially jailed Aug. 10 on suspicion of giving alcohol to three boys at his home on North Sibley Street a few days earlier. He faced three counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors and was released on a $1,500 bond.

Then last week, Joseph was booked with an additional count of indecent behavior with a juvenile, stemming from allegations that he pressed himself against one of the three boys while they were in his bed.

According to the Sheriff's Office report, the agency first became aware of the situation when a Kenner woman reported that she had seen videos posted on the popular social media application Snapchat showing three of her son's friends drunk at a party at Joseph's house.

The woman said she and her daughter went to Joseph's home to pick up her son's friends, one of whom was so drunk he had to be carried out, the report says.

Detectives later spoke with the three boys, who are not identified but who described going to Joseph's house sober and getting drunk there.

One of them said he received messages from Joseph asking what kind of alcohol he wanted; the boy sent messages back asking how a certain unspecified cocktail was made.

The boys then had follow-up interviews with a children's advocate, the Sheriff's Office said.

One of them recalled drinking chocolate milk spiked with vodka and playing games of "beer pong," the report said.

He said he doesn't remember lying in bed with Joseph while the coach embraced him but was shown a Snapchat video depicting that, according to the Sheriff's Office. Another of the boys recalled Joseph and the three youths all lying in bed together at one point. 

In another interview, one of the boys described staying overnight at Joseph's house multiple times and getting drunk with the coach, who he said would get mad if the boy didn't share a bed with him.

The boy said Joseph never touched him sexually, but that there have been times he would have been too drunk to remember anything occurring, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The boy also said he believed that Joseph had stuck his cellphone under the bathroom door to videotape him using the restroom, according to the Sheriff's Office. The boy even said he saw the video on Joseph's cellphone, but the coach denied doing anything when the boy confronted him, the report says.

The woman who reported the case  sent some of the Snapchat footage in question to investigators. One of the clips showed one of the boys wrestling and calling out to "Coach Allen" for help, the Sheriff's Office said.

Another showed alcohol bottles on a counter behind the boys at the party.

Yet another clip depicted one of the boys in bed with a man's hairy arm around his neck.

Joseph spoke with investigators before he was arrested, admitting that he bought alcohol for the boys and let them get drunk at his house, the Sheriff's Office report says.

Tthe Sheriff's Office seized a his cell phone, a number of computers, a hard drive and a thumb drive, the report says. It does not say what contents were found on the devices.

A judge set Joseph's bail at $10,000 on Monday, four days after his second arrest. Joseph had secured his release by Monday night.

Joseph's attorney, David Courcelle, pointed to the statement from the boy who denied being touched inappropriately by Joseph. Courcelle said that statement did not seem to support the new allegation of indecent behavior with a juvenile.  

Joseph also worked as a supervisor at Jefferson Parish's Girard playground for about a year beginning in 1992, officials have said.

After that, he was a volunteer coach and referee at various times at Girard, Cleary, Mike Miley and Delta playgrounds, and he refereed for a private basketball league that used courts at parish playgrounds.


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