Jeff Hicks

Former Liberty coach Jeff Hicks

The Bakersfield Police Department has submitted documents to the Kern County District Attorney’s Office seeking to file misdemeanor charges against former Liberty High basketball coach Jeff Hicks.

The department said Hicks is suspected of sexual battery and annoying or molesting a child. No arrests have been made at this time.

The District Attorney's office confirmed it has the case and it's under submission. 

Reached by phone Thursday, Hicks declined to comment on the situation. Hicks is also a math teacher at the school.

Hicks has been on paid administrative leave since Nov. 5, according to the Kern High School District. Employees who are placed on administrative leave are prohibited from stepping foot on any campus while the leave is in place.

The district declined to comment on the reason for Hicks’ leave due to it being a personnel issue.

Hicks isn’t the only KHSD employee on administrative leave right now. North High athletic trainer Edwin Rodriguez has been on leave since Sept. 20, according to the district. The reason Rodriguez is on leave is unspecified. 

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