Former Holt High School teacher, coach charged with rape of former student

Former Holt High School teacher, coach charged with rape of former student
Henry Joel Snow (Source: Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office)

TUSCALOOSA Co., Ala. (WBRC) - A former Holt High School teacher and softball coach faces charges including rape of a former student. The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said the assault happened in the late 1990s.

A release from the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office says a victim filed a report with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office in February 2020 alleging that she had been sexually assaulted when she was a student in the Tuscaloosa County School System during the late 1990s.

The suspect was a teacher and the coach of the girls’ softball team at Holt High School.

There is no statute of limitations on sexual assaults under Alabama law. The Violent Crimes Unit assumed the case, and began a 10-month investigation. At the conclusion of this investigation, the findings were presented to the Grand Jury, which returned with indictments for two counts Rape 1st, one count Sodomy 1st and one count Sodomy 2nd.

The suspect is 57-year-old Henry Joel Snow, who was age 35 at time of offense.

Snow was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail on December 24 and has since been released on bond. Snow was arrested in Baldwin County by authorities there (Bay Minnette Police) and then transported to Tuscaloosa County by the Sheriff’s Office.

Snow has not been employed by Tuscaloosa County School System for several years. He was last employed by the Mobile City School System.

The victim in this case was a juvenile at the time of the offense, as well as the victim of a sexual assault.

Deputies said, “It took a great deal of courage for this victim to come forward. If there are any other previous students or persons who feel that they may have been victimized by Snow, we encourage them to contact the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit at 205 464-8690.”

The Tuscaloosa County School System released the following statement:

Henry Joel Snow was employed with TCSS beginning in August 1996 and he resigned from his position in May 1999. The case involving Mr. Snow was investigated by the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit, and they are the point of contact for any information regarding the case.

FOX10 in Mobile reports that Snow has been placed on administrative leave, which is the first step toward termination.

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