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Accused steroid-pushing coach bonds out of two jails

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Posted: Apr 3, 2014 9:55 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Apr 3, 2014 9:55 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville High, Donaldsonville, Sheriff, investigation, steroids, teacher, student, arrested

DONALDSONVILLE- A coach, accused of pushing steroids on at least one high school athlete, bonded out of two jails by Thursday night.

Curtis Tsuruda was arrested Tuesday after parents of a Donaldsonville High School athlete reported their son was given steroids. When he talked with deputies, Tsuruda confessed to giving the unidentified student steroid pills.

"The parents of this child noticed over a week period of time that his behavior started to change and that's when the young man provided to his parents that he had been receiving pills from his coach," Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said after the arrest.

Tsuruda posted a $40,000 bail in Ascension Parish and was transferred to St. John where he faced possession with intent to distribute charges related to his arrest. Deputies said they found more steroids in Tsuruda's house in LaPlace when they arrested him.

Thursday, Tsuruda posted a $20,000 bail there and was released.

"I think the coach had in mind like a lot of coaches. He wanted this young man to win," Bacala said in a previous interview with WBRZ News 2 about the ordeal.

Tsuruda's phone was forwarded to voice mail, which was too full to leave a message.

Tsuruda is a strength and conditioning coach and teacher at Donaldsonville. He's currently on administrative leave.
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