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Fuquay police search basketball coach's home

Posted February 24, 2010 10:37 a.m. EST
Updated February 24, 2010 4:09 p.m. EST

— Fuquay-Varina police searched the home, car and cell phones of a coach and teacher Feb. 19 looking for evidence he had inappropriate contact with a student, warrants released Wednesday reveal.

Mardy Lee Cutchin, 37, of 1104 Squire Ridge Drive, coaches the women's basketball team at Fuquay-Varina High School and teaches physical education at Fuquay-Varina Middle School.

He was suspended with pay from both roles Feb. 11 and is banned from property of the Wake County Public School System while school and legal authorities investigate an accusation of sexual misconduct, said Michael Evans, spokesman for the school district.

In applying for the search warrants, detectives said they had a tip that a student had exchanged text messages with Cutchin.

They seized two cell phones, a laptop, a desktop computer and a rifle from Cutchin's home.

No charges have been filed against Cutchin, Capt. Bob Adams of the Fuquay-Varina Police Department said Wednesday. Police are investigating to determine if charges should be filed or if Cutchin's name should be cleared.