FACT FINDER: Was area coach sexting students?

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Updated: 2/18/2013 5:15 pm
SILVER SPRINGS, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) – At the small Silver Stage High School might exist a sexting scandal that's being silenced.
“It's been swept under the rug. I can't let that happen,” former volunteer football coach Stacey Sell said.

Sell says last October he discovered another coach was sexting students when one of the teenage girls admitted what was going on - showing there were texts trying to get her to have sex with the other adult worker at the school - Sell says those included pictures of the other coach shirtless and messages like: "I’ll show you mine if your show me yours."

“I wanted to rip his face off. It's just horrible,” Sell said. “You're sending your kids to somewhere that's supposed to be safe, and that is not a safe environment.”

Sell says he reported everything to district leaders, the other coach vanished from campus and no one ever talked of it again. News 4 discovered several parents tried to get information about what happened after rumors started spreading. Shelia McCormack for example was concerned because she has a 16-year-old daughter who manages some sports teams and works closely with all the coaches.
She says the principal told McCormack it was a personnel matter and he was not going to give her any information.
 
“To be told I’m inconsequential basically was [she slaps herself]. Yeah, I kinda needed to rub my face when I was done with that call,” McCormack said.

When the Fact Finder team showed up on campus another school administrator was equally tight lipped - even walking away as we brought up the topic. About a week later the superintendent and deputy superintendent called me and said: “When we get these kinds of allegations, we take them very seriously. Student safety is our top priority."

They declined an on-camera interview but also said they received a report that a staff member had quote: "had an inappropriate communication with a student" and that "appropriate actions were taken" including contacting law enforcement. The administration also tells News 4 the employee is no longer working here.

News 4 also checked with law enforcement to learn there has been an investigation into the school worker, but the DA’s office is still in the process of deciding if criminal charges should be filed.  Because of that, News 4 is choosing not to release the employee's name at this time. If charges go forward, we'll make sure to fill you in on more details.
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