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Fuquay police search basketball coach's home

Posted February 24, 2010

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— Fuquay-Varina police searched the home, car and cell phones of a coach and teacher Feb. 19 looking for evidence he had inappropriate contact with a student, warrants released Wednesday reveal.

Mardy Lee Cutchin, 37, of 1104 Squire Ridge Drive, coaches the women's basketball team at Fuquay-Varina High School and teaches physical education at Fuquay-Varina Middle School.

He was suspended with pay from both roles Feb. 11 and is banned from property of the Wake County Public School System while school and legal authorities investigate an accusation of sexual misconduct, said Michael Evans, spokesman for the school district.

In applying for the search warrants, detectives said they had a tip that a student had exchanged text messages with Cutchin.

They seized two cell phones, a laptop, a desktop computer and a rifle from Cutchin's home.

No charges have been filed against Cutchin, Capt. Bob Adams of the Fuquay-Varina Police Department said Wednesday. Police are investigating to determine if charges should be filed or if Cutchin's name should be cleared.


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  • davidallgood3 Feb 24, 2010

    Hey there is probably more to this story than is reported. If the teacher did no wrong how will his name be cleared? We need to wait. This poor guy may be suffering for nothing.

  • Just Once Feb 24, 2010

    I hope texting between students and teachers is not illegal. Happens all the time here. Coaches/Teachers are contacted all the time. Emails flying around, facebook, My Space... you name it.

  • jlh4jdj Feb 24, 2010

    prez23062-It is not illegal. Actually some teachers prefer it over phone calls because then it is traceable. That said there are many "old" minded people who will always say it is wrong because it is new. The content is what matters.
    Wildcat- Do you really think that there is nothing for the girl to gain from this? I can think of a handfull right off the top of my head.

  • prez23062 Feb 24, 2010

    did i miss something, or did it just say there was a text exchanged? is texting between students and teachers illegal? thats a serious question, im honestly not sure.

  • NCCoachSE Feb 24, 2010

    I agree, why did they seize the rifle?? Unless he was saying he might take his own life. Even if it's not true his life is ruined. Guilty until proved innocent in the public court of law.

  • Granny Feb 24, 2010

    Maybe the student is upset with the teacher over a grade and has made up the whole story.

  • nonemeant Feb 24, 2010

    I don't believe everything I read; but how teachers (maybe not this one) can allow students to strike up text conversations is baffling. I am a teacher and from the first text would bring down the hammer. How did you get my number?? and so on. Next immediate step is to have this reported to proper authority (and parents) and brought to the light of day. Maybe some people don't need their paycheck.

  • Valkyrie Feb 24, 2010

    I posted this earlier: "I'll wait until the investigation is complete and released to the public before joining the tar and feather bandwagon."

    I do NOT condone any romantic relationship between a student and a school employee. However, unlike wildcat, I'm waiting for the full and complete story before passing judgment.

    Just thought of something, being objective could get me appointed to a jury. Passing judgment prematurely could keep me off. Hmmmm, something to think about.

  • Chili Feb 24, 2010

    It's amazing how the press can write up public stories on someone that hasn't had any charges filed against them. Sad.

  • Common Sense Man Feb 24, 2010

    "Guilty until proven innocent. Gottal love the justice system and media which crucifies a person based on a tip from a student and nothing else. Geesh."

    How do you know it was all based on a tip? Because thats' what the media reported? And you believe everything in the media? Oh.