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Charge: Former Halifax coach sent inappropriate picture to child

Posted April 9, 2012 1:17 p.m. EDT

— A former volunteer basketball coach at Northwest Halifax High School faces a new accusation that he sent an inappropriate picture to a child.

Erick Tyson Williams, 28, of 8525 N.C. Highway 903, was charged Monday with one count of disseminating obscene material to a minor under age 16.

Investigators with the Halifax County Sheriff's Office said they uncovered evidence of the picture while investigating the original charges against Williams.

He was arrested last Thursday on three three counts of indecent liberties with students. Investigators said he engaged in sexual misconduct with three students – two 16-year-olds and one 15-year-old – in one incident in December. 

Williams worked with the junior varsity boys basketball team but was not a teacher at the school, according to school officials. Parents of the alleged victims brought their concerns to school leaders in January, and Williams has been banned from campus ever since, a school system spokesperson said.

Williams was being held under a $8,000 total bond and is scheduled to appear in court May 2.