Northern Vance coach appears in Wake court on rape charge

Dec. 20, 2013 @ 09:55 PM

Michael Aaron Zovistoski, a teacher and coach at Northern Vance High School, has been arrested and charged with statutory rape.

Zovistoski, a wrestling coach, appeared in Wake County District Court Thursday. He’s charged with four sexual felonies, including two counts of statutory rape. Zovistoski is also charged with taking indecent liberties with a child and using a computer to solicit sex with a minor, according to North Carolina court docket records.

The Wake County Detention Center confirmed Zovistoski remained jailed Friday night on $350,000 bond pending a District Court hearing Jan. 9.

Zovistoski lists a Franklinton address.

The incident did not happen on school grounds at Northern Vance. As of Friday evening, Zovistoski was listed on the Vance County Schools website directory. No announcement on his status as the wrestling coach or as a teacher has been announced by the school.

News of Zovistoski’s arrest was first reported by WRAL-Ch. 5 in Raleigh. According to the television station’s published report, police arrested Zovistoski in Apex where he had arranged to meet with a 14-year-old female victim for sex. The report says he solicited her using a computer.

In a contributed photo published Dec. 10 in The Dispatch, Zovistoski appeared with the Northern Vance wrestling team and was identified as the head coach during its trip to Cary for the Dec. 7 Green Hope Grapple Tournament. Public records reviewed by The Dispatch were only for charges Zovistoski faces.

It is unknown if a connection exists between the wrestling team’s trip to Cary and Zovistoski meeting the victim. Cary and Apex are less than 10 miles apart.

The incident involving law enforcement makes no less than three in six weeks for Northern Vance athletics.

On Nov. 8, a fight involving dozens followed the football game at Northern involving visiting J.F. Webb. A Northern coach was seen on top of a Webb player and was one of several pepper-sprayed in an effort to restore order. No arrests have been announced, but Vance County sheriff’s deputies confirm an investigation is still ongoing six weeks later.

On Dec. 4, a teenager was arrested in the parking lot of Northern following a basketball game with rival Southern Vance.

In a non-athletics incident, Northern’s school building and buses were defaced by graffiti believed to be the act of a gang and targeting an individual on Dec. 13. No arrests have been announced in that case, which is under investigation by the Vance sheriff’s office.

None of the incidents at Northern attracting significant law enforcement investigation are believed to be connected.

 

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.