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WYTHEVILLE — Howard S. Ingo, a former coach, teacher and administrator with Carroll County schools, has resigned from his coaching post at George Wythe High School after he was charged with hazing and corporal punishment of a football player.
Ingo, 47, was suspended with pay after he was charged in March.
Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, the special proscutor in the case, said the two misdemeanor charges were filed after an investigation of complaints.
According to news reports, Ingo allegedly made a player wear chains across his chest and carry 50-pound weights while walking on the football field.
The complaint was investigated by Virginia State Police and child protective services workers from the Department of Social Services. Two Wythe County Schools employees were investigated, but only Ingo was charged.
Ingo’s charges will be heard in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court of Wythe County, but a date has not been determined.
State police handled the case and Vaught is serving as special prosecutor because some of the minors involved in the case are closely related to employees of the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office, said Deputy Wythe County Commonwealth’s Attorney David Saliba.
Ingo came to Carroll in 2000 to serve as an assistant football coach.
He taught U.S. History at Carroll County High School and coached football for three seasons before becoming assistant principal at Woodlawn School in 2003.
Ingo, a 1984 graduate of George Wythe, left Carroll County in 2009 to take the head football coach job at his alma mater. He led George Wythe to a state championship in 2012.