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Fayetteville Football Coach Charged With Statutory Rape

Posted August 9, 2004

— A local football coach accused of sex crimes with an underage relative has been suspended without pay.

Charlie Alexander, a coach at Douglas Byrd High School in Fayetteville, is charged with statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a minor.

A 14-year-old girl and her parents came to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office to report she had been sexually assaulted by Alexander, 34.

"She was interviewed, detectives did some preliminary work, and then early [Saturday] morning, he was charged with three counts of indecent liberties, one count of statutory rape and two counts of statutory sex offense," said Maj. Sam Pennica of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Alexander and the alleged victim are related, officials said. Detectives believe the crimes happened at Alexander's house over the past six weeks.

Alexander is a first-year junior varsity football coach and social studies teacher at the high school. He previously taught history at Lewis Chapel Middle School.

Investigators are working closely with school officials to determine if any other students were harmed.

"That possibility does exist," Pennica said. "[When] someone's involved in this type of behavior, sometimes we do find there are other victims."

Authorities say the girl at the center of the allegations was not one of Alexander's students. They also say additional charges are expected.

Alexander is being held on $70,000 secured bond at the Cumberland County Detention Center.

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