Sunday, April 24, 2016
Wife, 26, of former Tennessee high school coach is busted after having sex with an underage football player
The wife of a former Tennessee high school assistant football coach allegedly had sex with an underage player on the school's football team, according to police.
Kelsey McCarter, 26, was charged with six counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and one count of exploitation of a minor by electronic means, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.
The sexual encounters with the sophomore football player took place between February 2015, and December 2015.
Her husband, Justin McCarter, who coached at South-Doyle High School, resigned earlier this year from his position.
South Doyle students told Local 8 News that they saw sexual pictures of the wife and a student who was living with McCarter and her husband at the time.
The sex allegations led to an investigation into the school's principal, Tim Berry and football coach Clark Duncan, who were suspended in February.
Both men were under investigation for failure to immediately report the allegations of child sexual abuse to the state Department of Children's Services or law enforcement, according to the News Sentinel.
But neither Berry, Duncan or Justin McCarter were charged in the case.
Duncan, who also serves as the athletic director at the school and head football coach, has been with the school system since August 1981. His attorney Jeff Hagood, said he would be 'very disappointed' and 'surprised' if Duncan did not return.
Hagood told the News Sentinel that he was 'not surprised' but instead 'pleased and excited for coach Duncan and his future', after the judge ruled that no charges would be filed against him
He added that Duncan 'is and has been one of the most respected high school coaches in our state and a leader in our community'.
Kelsey McCarter was released on $30,000 bond early Friday and is awaiting arraignment in Knox County Criminal Court.