Former Danville head football coach indicted on sodomy charges

Published 3:32 pm Monday, November 26, 2018

A warrant had yet to be served Monday on a former Danville High School football head coach who is accused of sex crimes from more than 35 years ago.

Thomas Duffy, 69, of Lexington, is charged with four counts of third-degree sodomy with another person less than 16 years old. The crimes allegedly occurred in 1982 and 1983, during Duffy’s more than eight years as head coach of the Danville Admirals football team.

The case was presented directly to the grand jury on Nov. 20 by Danville Police Officer Kevin Peel based on his investigation of the allegations. Neither Duffy nor the complaining witness(es) appeared in court. Bail was set at $10,000 by Circuit Court Judge Darren Peckler.

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The warrant for Duffy’s arrest had not yet been served in Fayette County Monday afternoon.

Duffy was hired as head football coach and athletic director for the school district in March 1980, to replace Steele Harmon who had resigned earlier in the year.

During his career at DHS, Duffy led the Admirals to state championships in 1984 and 1987. His overall coaching record at DHS was 75-22. Duffy had been named All-Area Coach for several years and was named as the Courier-Journal’s Coach of the Year.

In addition to coaching football and serving as athletic director for the school system, Duffy also taught American history, personal typing, business math, introduction to business and typing I.

Duffy resigned in 1988 to take the head coaching position at Fort Thomas Highlands. Sam Harp was hired to replace Duffy.