STARKE, Fla. – A coach at Bradford County High School turned himself in for a felony on Monday after sending an obscene text message to a student, authorities said.
Lainie Rodgers, 24, was charged with soliciting/engaging in lewd conduct with a student and electronically transmitting harmful material to a minor.
The Bradford County Sheriff’s Office said on September 16 it received information that a Bradford County School District employee and coach, identified as Rodgers, had sent a text message to a student. high school students containing “erotic language”.
Detectives interviewed the student while her parents were present, and she told them Rodgers only helped her play sports and get into college, according to an affidavit.
Investigators then interviewed Rodgers at her home, and she said there were “very clear messages” between her and the student, according to the affidavit.
In another interview, according to the affidavit, the student told detectives when her mother was present that “she was so sorry for lying to all her friends and family, she just didn’t want Rodgers Have trouble.”
Detectives referred the case to the State Attorney’s Office, and an order was signed by a judge, who issued a $75,000 settlement.
The Sheriff’s Office said Rodgers turned himself in around 9:30 p.m. Monday at the Bradford County Jail. She was released from prison just before 1 a.m. Tuesday, prison records show.
The Sheriff’s Office said her first hearing has yet to be set.
The Bradford County High School website lists Rodgers as the head coach of the volleyball team.
Bradford County School District has been providing counseling services to students.
The school district and the Sheriff’s Office will have two separate investigations.
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