14/08/2014 16:54 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

PE Teacher Weeps As He's Accused Of Having Sex With Five Students

Students jumping hurdles in P.E. class

A PE teacher has been accused of having sex with at least five students.

High school teacher Bronson Shay Ward, 33, broke down in tears in court after being charged with five counts of a 'school employee engaging in a sex act or deviant sexual intercourse with a student under the age of 19 years'.

Ward teaches physical education at Cleburne County High School in Alabama. He also served as an assistant coach on the varsity girls' basketball team and the junior varsity boys' basketball team.

Police started investigating him when they received a tip off that he had been having sex with a student. Further inquiries resulted in more alleged victims coming forward. No names or ages of the girls have been released.

Police chief A.J. Benefield told