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WYTHEVILLE — Howard S. Ingo, a former football coach, teacher and administrator with Carroll County schools, was convicted of a “corporal punishment” violation, a Class 4 misdemeanor, and ordered to pay a fine of $100.
Ingo appeared in the Wythe County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court on May 27 for a trial.
According to news reports, Ingo allegedly made a football player wear chains across his chest and carry 50-pound weights while walking on the football field.
Ingo was suspended with pay in March and later resigned from his coaching post at George Wythe High School after he was charged with hazing and corporal punishment of a football player.
At the trial, Ingo was found not guilty on the charge of hazing, a Class 1 misdemeanor.
He is expected to appeal the conviction and his bond will remain the same on appeal, said Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, the special prosecutor in the case.
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.
State police handled the case and Vaught served 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.