The former coach, Kyle Cox, 31, who resigned from the exclusive private school on Dec. 15, was charged Thursday with trying entice the student into a sexual relationship. Cox, who joined the school in 2009, led the team to state 2A championships in 2014 and 2015.
A 30-page criminal complaint filed by federal investigators in U.S. District Court alleges Cox began sending sexually explicit messages to the girl in September and tried to arrange for her to visit his home in Fishers for sexual activity while his wife and children were away in mid-December.
The meeting didn't happen after the girl's father saw messages and photos on her phone that she acknowledged trading with Cox, according to the complaint.
The school’s associate head of external affairs submitted a state report of suspected child abuse on Dec. 15. But it lacked detail, according to the court records, and the person filing it “claimed not to know if pictures were exchanged between Cox and the student.”
The complaint notes that the state report filed by Park Tudor “does not indicate the school or anyone else was then in possession of text messages or other evidence of the communications between Cox” and the victim.
When an investigator visited Park Tudor on Jan. 5 to speak to the person who filed the report, she said she was provided the information by an attorney for the school and that she did not have any independent information. She told the investigator to contact the school attorney.
“No information about these steps or the related text messages or documents was timely provided to any law enforcement agency or the Department of Child Services,” the complaint states.
Park Tudor’s headmaster during this period was Matthew Miller, who committed suicide Jan. 23.
Cox didn't speak about the charges against him during an initial court appearance Thursday, and neither he nor defense attorney James Voyles entered a plea on his behalf, The Indianapolis Star reported. Cox was in the custody of federal marshals. A detention hearing was scheduled for Monday, the U.S. attorney's office said.
Voyles didn't immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment.
The complaint states that Dec, 15, the date Cox stepped down, he signed a confidentiality agreement with the school that, among other things, barred him from discussing the reason for his departure. The agreement states Cox had resigned.
That day, Park Tudor permitted Cox to take a computer from the school and remove “personal” files from it. Cox then had unsupervised access to the computer until he returned it the next day, according to the complaint.
In a text message to a Park Tudor student on Dec. 16, Cox boasted that he was poised for a soft landing.
He also texted the student that "I would turn my head if you messed her up," referring to the victim.