Tri-West football coach under investigation for relationship with minor

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LIZTON, Ind. (WTHR) - The Hendricks County Sheriff's Office confirms an ongoing investigation involving Tri-West varsity football coach Tyler Bruce.

The sheriff’s office says the investigation began with an anonymous tip received May 12.

Bruce has coached the Tri-West Bruins for the past two seasons. When reached by phone Friday morning, he refused to answer any questions and referred me to a Brownsburg law firm that did not respond to a request for comment.

North West Hendricks County School Corporation Superintendent Michael Springer said in a statement Friday night Bruce was placed on administrative leave May 28, six days after the district learned of the DCS report:

"On May 22nd, our last student attendance day, our office was first made aware of a DCS report involving Mr. Bruce. On May 28th, following the Memorial Day Weekend, Mr. Bruce was placed on administrative leave in order to conduct an internal investigation. We have worked and we will continue to work collaboratively with the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Child Services. We are unable to comment on the specifics of our internal investigation at this time."

The Hendricks County Sheriff's Office says it is aware of the North West Hendricks School Corporation suspending Bruce.

A statement from the sheriff's office said, in part:

"We are investigating to see if any of the allegations rise to the level of criminal activity...we have been working alongside our partners at the Department of Child Services and the North West Hendricks School Corporation to determine the facts in the case."

The involvement of Indiana DCS indicates the investigation involves a minor. North West Hendricks School Corporation Superintendent Michael Springer said he could not comment on a confidential personnel matter.