Tyronne Copeland, Lockland High School football coach, accused of selling school equipment on eBay

Coach arrested, placed on unpaid leave

LOCKLAND, Ohio - Lockland High School varsity football coach Tyronne Copeland was arrested Tuesday for allegedly selling school football equipment on eBay and keeping the money.

The school district placed Copeland, 44, on unpaid administrative leave.

Lockland police said they learned Copeland was selling equipment on eBay and set up a sting to catch him. They arranged to buy 24 pairs of thigh pads for $125 and 24 pairs of knee pads for $120.

Copeland used the screen name PantherCoach12, borrowing from the school nickname, according to a police report.

Undercover police met Copeland and paid him in cash, using marked money, according to the police report. Police observed a third sale of one pair of knee pads on eBay, the report says.

Copeland is charged with one count of theft in office. He was released on his own recognizance.

Lockland will play its remaining two games as scheduled, district superintendent Matt Bishop said. The Panthers (2-6) have their final home game on Friday against Cincinnati Christian.

"The athletic director, principal, dean of students (are) going to meet with the football team today after lunch to reassure them that we have a plan in place to continue as business as usual," Bishop told 9 On Your Side Wednesday. 

"Friday night is senior night, so we're recognizing our volleyball, football, cheerleaders and band members, so we want to make sure that the night is about them and their achievements and not this unfortunate incident."

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