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North Central coach facing child seduction charges

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A North Central coach is facing child seduction charges, according to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Marion County prosecutor’s office.

According to a police report, IMPD was told of inappropriate text messages that were sent to a 16-year-old from 36-year-old Matthew Carrington’s cell phone.

The victim’s mother called police when she found explicit text messages on her daughter’s phone from Carrington, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Police collected the victim’s cell phone and spoke with them about the messages.

The victim told police that she had been speaking with Carrington via text messages, but thought of him as a dad or father figure, according to court documents.

According to the victim, in December the text messages became more sexual. The victim told police that Carrington sent her several inappropriate photos that the victim deleted from their cellphone. Carrington also requested the victim to send him inappropriate photos, she told police she declined to send them.

IMPD attempted to speak with Carrington about the messages. He refused and was taken into custody.

According to North Central High School, Carrington began working as a coach in December of 2012.

Ellen Rogers Community Relations Coordinator sent the following statement:

“Mr. Matthew R. Carrington was a lay coach employee as Assistant High School Swim Coach at North Central High School since Dec.19, 2012. Mr. Carrington was only employed as an Assistant Coach in the district, he was not otherwise employed as a teacher or other staff member. His employment was terminated on Feb. 24, 2015, and he will not be permitted to serve as a volunteer.

As a school district we take interactions of all staff, inclusive of lay coaches, with our students very seriously. Additionally, we train our coaching staff on our expectations, inclusive of communications, at the start of each athletic season in accordance with our School Board Policy #4213. Student safety and welfare continue to be our priority.”

Carrington was out on bond as of Thursday evening. An initial hearing was set for Friday morning.

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