Ex-Gwinnett County high school swim coach arrested on charges of sexual battery against a child under 16

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A now-former Gwinnett County high school swim coach was arrested earlier this week on two charges of sexual battery against a child under the age of 16.

Gwinnett County Jail records show Anthony Rainge was booked on Tuesday afternoon and released late that evening. He was the swim coach at Meadowcreek High School until he retired on June 24 amid an investigation.

Dozens of allegations first circulated on social media in the days before June 24, and involved Rainge touching students sexually or otherwise making them feel physically uncomfortable, and saying deeply inappropriate things sexually to students. The posts included audio of an alleged conversation between the swim coach and another student.

Allegations from both former and current Meadowcreek students were collected and presented by a former student, and many spoke of how Rainge was seen as a father figure who used that image and his closeness to girls to prey on them.

Arrest warrants which would detail specifics of the charges against Rainge were not released to 11Alive because they involve a minor.

See 11Alive

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