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Fuquay-Varina coach arrested for alleged sex acts with student

Posted March 22, 2010 9:36 p.m. EDT
Updated March 23, 2010 2:55 p.m. EDT

— Fuquay-Varina police on Monday charged a former girl’s basketball coach with three counts of sexual activity with a student.

Police say Mardy Lee Cutchin, 37, of 1104 Squire Ridge Drive, engaged in sexual activity with a 16-year-old student at Fuquay-Varina High School.  

Cutchin coached the girls' basketball team at the school and taught physical education at Fuquay-Varina Middle School.

He was suspended with pay from both roles on Feb. 11 after school officials became aware of the allegations.

Police seized two cell phones, a laptop, a desktop computer and a rifle from Cutchin's home on Feb. 19 while investigating the claims.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that Cutchin sent the student 4,000 text messages saying that he was "obsessing" about her. Prosecutors sought to raise the original bond of $100,000, arguing that Cutchin has "not been cooperative at all" and the activity between Cutchin and the student was prolonged.

Cutchin's attorney, Bill Young, said his client has called investigators, but they have not returned those calls. Cutchin, a married father, has worked for three school systems, Young said.

A judge lowered Cutchin's bond to $60,000 on Tuesday and ordered him not to have any contact with the student or her family. He is also prohibited from being on school grounds or having contact with anyone under 18 years old except his children.

Cutchin's next court date is April 13.