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Ex-Fuquay-Varina girl's basketball coach faces sex charges

Posted April 21, 2010 12:51 p.m. EDT
Updated April 21, 2010 1:35 p.m. EDT

— A former Wake County coach and teacher was indicted Tuesday on charges that he had inappropriate sexual conduct with a student.

A grand jury indicted Mardy Lee Cutchin, 37, of 1104 Squire Ridge Drive in Fuquay-Varina, on three counts of sexual offense with a student.

Cutchin was suspended Feb. 11 and later terminated from his positions as coach of the girl's basketball team at Fuquay-Varina High School and a physical education teacher at Fuquay-Varina Middle School.

Fuquay-Varina police say that Cutchin engaged in sexual activity with a 16-year-old student at the high school. Prosecutors said last month that Cutchin sent the student 4,000 text messages saying that he was "obsessing" about her.

According to search warrants, detectives seized two cell phones, a laptop, desktop computer and rifle from his home in February.

Cutchin is married, has children and has worked for three school systems, according to his lawyer, Bill Young.