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Girl sues former basketball coach who pleaded guilty to sex crimes

Posted December 23, 2011

— A former high school basketball coach who pleaded guilty this year to sexual battery faces more legal troubles.

Mardy Lee Cutchin was named in a lawsuit Friday by a girl who says Cutchin had sex with her on three occasions and told her not to tell anyone about it.

Cutchin, of 1104 Squire Ridge Drive in Fuquay-Varina, was a girls basketball coach and P.E. teacher at Fuquay-Varina High School at the time in 2009. The girl was a student.

He was arrested in March 2010, after, prosecutors say, he sent the girl thousands of text messages.

He pleaded guilty in February to two counts of sexual battery but never served any jail time. He had to register as a sex offender, pay a $200 fine and serve five years on probation.

The lawsuit says the former student "was embarrassed and humiliated" by Cutchin's sexual advances and suffered "severe, permanent and disabling damage and injury to her psychological condition," including severe depression and emotional distress.


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  • lawncare5 Dec 23, 2011

    Whatever happened to women/girls being responsible also, or can they not say no?

  • twc Dec 23, 2011

    Yep, the coach is in the wrong! 100% in the wrong!

    That doesn't mean the girl was in the right! There comes an age when there must be some accountability.

    Maybe he could counter sue for whatever part she had in it.

  • hunter38 Dec 23, 2011

    Hmmmm so I guess a pocket full of cash will make the embarrassment and humiliation go away? Also it would be interesting to find out if she responded to the texts.

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Dec 23, 2011

    For you dweebs who question the VICTIM'S actions, ponder this...If this were your daughter, would you be so disturbingly lame? Would it be ok? Sheesh! Put some stitches in those misguided bleeding hearts and realize that whenever someone thinks they can do whatever they want, IT'S NOT ALRIGHT! After all, she is still a child and he is an adult.

  • doubletrouble Dec 23, 2011

    I always thought the law was kinda fuzzy on that one. I think she can consent at 16, and if the other person is a few years older, then no bigger, but if it is more than a few years, there could be trouble. A teacher(coach)/student is always a no-no. At 18, she can sleep with whoever she wants, but still don't think it can be the coach/teacher at her school, another school, probably.

  • Mark Hayes Dec 23, 2011

    Soon no respectable adults will make themselves available to participate in these sports programs,this type of activity has ruined it for all who enjoy sports.

  • Not Now Dec 23, 2011

    Wow, for those of your crucifying the girl: the coach was in a position of authority, over the MINOR CHILD. Regardless of whether or not she was "willing," the coach was in the wrong. I suppose you all also blame rape victims for being drunk or dressing "like they want it." Sheesh.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Dec 23, 2011

    The problem will be proving to the judge and jury that she suffered severe permanent damage and injury to her psychological condition, especially since she was not raped.

  • wildcat Dec 23, 2011

    prosecutors say, he sent the girl thousands of text messages.

    She had to respond to his texts. Just curious in what she was saying to him. Why did she quiet or was she enjoying the relationship between student and her special teacher?

  • what_in_the____ Dec 23, 2011

    @ GOPISAJOKE.... The legal age of consent in North Carolina is 16. The exception is that if the suspect is in a parental role over the victim, then it's a crime. In other words: If this coach met a 16 year old at a mall, she attends high school, but NOT the one where he works, & they were to engage in sexual behavior, then it's NOT against the law... Maybe morally or ethically wrong but not illegal.