East Islip Coach Resigns Amid Sex Allegations
A longtime coach at East Islip High School resigned amid allegations he engaged in a sexual relationship with one of his players.

Matt Johnstone, 34, is accused of having a sexual relationship in 2008 with Rachel Primm, who is now 21.

According to a lawsuit, filed by Primm last month, she claims Johnstone "repeatedly made improper contact, sexual and inappropriate advances, engaged in inappropriate, offensive touching . . . and/or committed an act of child abuse" against her. In addition, the lawsuit claims that Johnstone "had previous sexual relationships with and/or engaged in criminal and/or improper sexual conduct . . . with East Islip high school female students."

Primm reportedly met Johnstone while playing basketball in the sixth grade and said he became her coach in 10th grade when she joined the varsity team. The two apparently began texting each other and during her junior year, Primm, who was 17 at the time, said she began spending time in his office and soon the two began "touching each other sexually."

Primm claims during her senior year, the pair began to have sex. The relationship apparently continued after she graduated, until her parents found out and forced her to end it.

The lawsuit, seeking $40 million, claims Primm was "coerced by the defendant, Matt Johnstone, and as a result of such coercion, was physically and mentally unable to decline such improper and inappropriate sexual advances . . ." and that she sustained "severe and serious mental anguish, embarrassment, public scorn and ridicule, emotional distress, anxiety, nervousness, pain and was compelled to seek treatment."

So far, Johnstone has not commented on the case.