Former girls basketball coach pleads guilty to sex charges

Former coach pleads guilty to sex charge

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A former assistant coach with the Jac-Cen-Del High School girls basketball team in Osgood, Ind., pleaded guilty Friday to a sex offense involving a player.

Investigators say Chad Pindell, 36, contacted a 17-year-old Jac-Cen-Del High School student through social media and sent nude photos of himself to the girl. At some point, he and the student allegedly engaged in sexual activity while at the high school.

Pindell was charged with child seduction and dissemination of harmful material to a minor.

Police began investigating in February 2018 when they were contacted after Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation became aware of possible improper behavior between Pindell and a female student at the high school.

At the time, Pindell was a volunteer assistant coach for the Jac-Cen-Del High School girls basketball team.

School documents show that Pindell resigned from his volunteer coach position Feb. 19, 2018.

A second charge of dissemination of harmful material to a minor has been dropped. In court Friday, the judge rejected a plea agreement of 36 months in jail -- 27 of those suspended -- saying that’s not enough time.

Officials said in court Friday the victim just wanted Pindell to admit to what he did, which he has done.

His sentencing hearing will be held on Feb. 7.

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