Former Southeast High School coach pleads not guilty to sexual abuse of a minor

TORRINGTON – According to court records, Michael Booth, 36, entered a not guilty plea Thursday in Goshen County District Court to a charge of third degree sexual abuse of a minor by a person in authority.

The charges stem from an alleged incident in May in the victim’s vehicle at the Pavilion parking lot on the Goshen County Fairgrounds. 

The name of the victim is being withheld. Third degree sexual abuse of a minor is a felony, carrying a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

Documents reveal that during separate interviews with a Goshen County Sheriff's office investigator, Booth, a former Southeast High School coach, and the victim, confirmed the sex took place. The victim told the investigator she felt pressured to have sex, and Booth told her at a sports camp a month later that he was having marital problems at the time.

Booth was arrested in late October, but court records were sealed until he made his first appearance in District Court Thursday. A trial date will be set later. 

Booth is reportedly out of jail after posting a $20,000 bond.

Southeast High School confirmed that Booth is no longer employed there.

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