WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Hoggard High School teacher and coach is out of jail after being arrested overnight on a charge of indecent liberties with a student, which is a felony.
New Hanover County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Michael Dale Supak, 37, around 2 a.m. Investigators say the charge stems from an incident that took place last month on campus.
According to an incident report, Supak is accused of "Sex Acts/Kissed Victim" and that the attack was forcible. The report says the incident happened at Hoggard on Sunday, October 14. An assistant principal reported the incident to law enforcement yesterday.
A school district spokeswoman would not comment on the allegations, but she said Supak is suspended with pay until an investigation is done.
According to Hoggard’s website, Supak teaches Honors world history, sports history and psychology.
His biography on the school’s athletics site says Supak, who serves as the football team’s running backs coach and as the head JV football coach, joined the Hoggard staff in 2006. He is also the girls track coach. The biography also says he was an assistant coach at New Hanover High School from 1999 to 2001 and Western Harnett High School from 2002 to 2005. The biography says he is married with three children, including one who attends Hoggard.
We went by his house to get his side of the story. There were cars in the driveway, but nobody came to the door.
Outside, we spoke with a neighbor, who did not want to give his name or show his face. He says he questions the allegations.
"I have never seen any indication that this kind of behavior would happen," the neighbor said.
The man said he knows Supak well and says his children play with Supak’s kids.
"If I thought there was any indication that this would happen, our children wouldn’t play together," the man said. "And am totally comfortable with my son playing with his kids."
He cautions people about jumping to conclusions.
"Innocent until proven guilty," the neighbor said. "I don’t see enough of that."
The Sheriff’s Office says Supak posted a $2,000 secured bond and was released from the New Hanover County Jail around 5 a.m.