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Prosecutors: Former Fuquay-Varina coach, student had suicide pact

Posted February 21, 2011
Updated March 5, 2011

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— A former Wake County girls basketball coach pleaded guilty Monday to sex charges. 

Prosecutor Melanie Shekita said Mardy Lee Cutchin, of 1104 Squire Ridge Drive in Fuquay-Varina, had what amounted to a suicide pact with a student to whom he sent thousands of text messages.

"He had indicated he would rather die than go to jail, and she had informed him that she would kill herself," Shekita told the court Monday.

Cutchin's attorney, Bill Young, said his client is married with one child. He coached the Bengals and was a physical education teacher at Fuquay-Varina high school until his arrest last February.

Cutchin was charged with three counts of sexual offense with a student and pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery. 

He will not serve any jail time, but he will have to register as a sex offender, pay a $200 fine and serve five years on probation. 

"It's a sad situation for both families, but we think it's the best thing that could happen," Young said.

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  • johndeergirl1989 Feb 24, 2011

    yes he had a wife and he has a kid he is a great guy i know some people wont think so but he really is he was one of the greatest teachers at fuquay varina middle school. i know all this because he was my 8th grade p.e teacher and he fought for us in some many ways. people do stupid things im not saying he should have done it but im saying is that he was a guy that slipped up and just for him slipping up doesn't mean im going to start hating him.. he is human

  • pebbles262004 Feb 23, 2011

    I wonder if he had a wife...

  • flyingcheetah92 Feb 22, 2011

    "PARENTS- get rid of the texting on phones, it serves no good purpose!" susang919

    That is an extremely broad statement. There are in fact many good things that happen through or because of texting, however there are also risks. Your statement would be similar to advising all parents not to let their children on the internet because there are inappropriate sites mixed in with the good ones.

  • Iworkforaliving Feb 22, 2011

    awww, true love.......not.

  • me2you Feb 22, 2011

    "Why? You might want to look a lot closer at most teachers, coaches, boy scout leaders, etc. Why else would someone willingly take a job with low pay? Think about it" tar97heel

    Paranoid & insecure are you? Just because of some bad apples, you don't have to accuse the whole crop as rotten. Geez.

  • sammyg Feb 22, 2011

    This freaky dude needs to spend some time in jail. PARENTS- get rid of the texting on phones, it serves no good purpose! BTW, if her father is anything like my husband, he should watch his back 'cause it's on!!

  • Ninib Feb 22, 2011

    "Why? You might want to look a lot closer at most teachers, coaches, boy scout leaders, etc. Why else would someone willingly take a job with low pay? Think about it" - tr97heel

    Woo now...you just offended a lot of good people and I consider myself one of those good people. I am a boy scout leader and I am a little league coach. And suggesting that having any sort of relationship with children is a major insult. Ever heard of "giving back to the community"?!

  • tritonlm6 Feb 22, 2011

    $200? My last speeding ticket was more than that!

  • BigfootBeliever Feb 21, 2011

    For everyone's education: NC Criminal Statute 14-277.1 Communicating a Threat: a person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor if without lawful authority:
    1) He willfully threatens to physically injure the person or that person's child, sibling,spouse, or dependent or willfully threatens to damage another;
    2) the threat is communicated to the other person, orally, in writing,or by any other means;
    3)The threat is made in a manner and under circumstances a that would lead a REASONABLE person to believe that the threat is likely to be carried out; AND
    4) the person threatened believes that the threat will be carried out.

    Also, the point is that even if she as a minor may be a player he IS an adult and the slap on the hand that he got is just another example of the punishment not fitting the crime when compared to oh say the guy charged $50,000 for poisoning trees.

  • twc Feb 21, 2011

    If he wanted to have an affair with a student he should have quit any job he had with the school.

    If he tried to be as good a coach as possible he wouldn't have had time to become romantically involved.

    Maybe coaches need to have training on what's ethical. Kids still in school are too vulnerable to have people like him coaching.

    $200 fine? I've seen higher traffic tickets!

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