Coach Bentley under investigation

Navarre High School boys basketball coach Taf Bentley is under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct.

Santa Rosa County Schools Assistant Superintendent Conni Carnley, who is in charge of human resources, could not provide details on what the investigation involves or how long it will take, but did say Bentley is on paid leave at the moment.

Carnley said that is the protocol in situations of this nature, and the leave will continue until the investigation reaches its conclusion.

During the leave, Bentley will not be coaching or teaching. Rumors have been circulating on social media that he has been fired, but those are untrue.

Bentley is in his seventh season as the head coach of the Raiders, who are scheduled to play at Pensacola High tonight. Assistant coach David Proctor will handle the head coaching responsibilities.

Bentley hasn’t coached Navarre since Dec. 8 when his team took on Fort Walton Beach. He was thrown out of that game for arguing a foul call and had to serve a two-game suspension.

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One Response to "Coach Bentley under investigation"

  1. Lisa Morton Gambill  December 21, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    This is so sad that they would treat this young lady like this. And now another girl has come forward, but of course it is all lies and collusion by the young girls. And since they couldn’t prove it was truth, what proof do they have it is not true….

    And if they have no proof that it isn’t true, why is the student suspended for 10 days…and why is she being told that when she comes back on January 22nd, she will face more disciplinary action. For what…because they can’t prove she lied? Because she dared to come forward? He had already been told to stay away from this student in October! She was like any giggly young goofy girl, flattered by his attention…but who knew the gross old man would take it this far, and gross her out!? He was the ADULT!!!

    What does this say to other young ladies who might be sexually harassed? UNLESS YOU HAVE ABSOLUTE PROOF AND FRIENDS/OTHERS NOT SCARED TO BACK YOU UP AGAINST THE COACHES/FACULTY, YOU BETTER JUST SHUT YOUR MOUTH AND ACCEPT THE ABUSE!

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