A man who was a high school girls basketball coach is facing sex crime allegations involving a student, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.
Thurston Jackie Robinson, age 60, was arrested on Jan. 10 and charged with nine counts of sexual battery and six counts of indecent liberties with a student.
Despite over a dozen felony charges, Robinson was issued a secured bond of only $18,000 and was released on Jan. 12.
Robinson was the high school varsity girls basketball coach at Terry Sanford High School in the Cumberland County Public School District starting in May 2020. He coached that team during the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons.
The alleged victim was apparently a student at the high school.
Prior to coaching at Terry Sandford High, he also was a volunteer coach at E.E. Smith High School from 2019 through part of 2020.
Cumberland County Schools official indicated Robinson had been suspended on Aug. 1, 2022.
Lindsay Whitley, the Associate Superintendent of Communications and Community Engagement for Cumberland County Schools said in a statement that “Mr. Robinson’s status as a non-faculty coach was not renewed for the 2022-23 school year. When allegations of inappropriate conduct were brought to our attention, we suspended discussions about renewing Mr. Robinson’s contract while law enforcement investigated.”
A lawsuit involving Robinson was apparently filed just seven days prior to Robinson’s arrest. Details are few about the case at this point, however, it has been reported that the lawsuit involves a teenage female victim and her family as well as two other possible female accusers. The lawsuit also names businesses associated with Robinson as well as his wife, Charlotte.
A lawsuit filed last week alleges Robinson molested a girl he coached in basketball over a number of years. The lawsuit also names Robinson’s wife, Charlotte Robinson, and businesses and organizations associated with the couple including the TJ Robinson Life Center in Hope Mills as defendants, and seeks to recover more than $25,000 in damages on behalf of the girl.
The case is still active and additional charges are expected.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sergeant J. Mcleod at 910-677-5548 or Fayetteville/Cumberland County Crimestoppers at 910-483-8477.
There is no North Carolina teaching license on file for Robinson.