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Ex-coach faces charges in alleged sexting of student

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A former high school swim coach faces criminal charges and has lost his job after allegations of inappropriate sexual contact between the man and a female swimmer, according to the Allen Park School District.

Tyler Card, 26, of Southgate turned himself in and was arraigned April 14 in Allen Park’s 24th District Court, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. He faces felony charges of accosting a child for immoral purposes and using the internet to communicate with another to commit a crime.

Card received a $50,000 personal bond, according to the prosecutor’s office. He is due back in court Monday for a probable cause hearing and May 2 for his preliminary examination.

He was fired Monday from his position as head coach for the girls swim team at Allen Park High School, following an investigation into alleged sexually explicit text messages sent to a 15-year-old member of the team between February 2015 and March 2015, according to the prosecutor’s office and school district.

The messages, sent via the app Snapchat, allegedly included requests for the girl to send nude photographs, Superintendent John Sturock said.

The investigation stemmed from messages uncovered early last month.

“The situation happened approximately the first of March. We had gotten some information that there was some email messaging going on,” Sturock said. “Some of our students, they brought it to the attention of one of our administrators and that led to the investigation.”

Card was placed on immediate administrative leave and ordered to have no contact with students during the district’s initial investigation, Sturock said. Parents of students on the swim team also were notified of the accusations.

“That investigation led to us recommending termination to the board of education, and they did that,” Sturock said. “We have our first board meeting since (the accusations) on Monday and they terminated him.

“We turned all the information over to the police department and let them follow their course of action.”

Officials with the police department did not immediately return calls for comment.

Card had been with the district for “a couple years” as an assistant coach before being promoted to head coach last year, Sturock said.

“There’s a lot of support for her” inside and outside the school, Sturock said of the victim.

The superintendent praised his district’s response to the allegations.

“We handled it in a very expedient manner, but it’s unfortunate that these kinds of things take place,” he said. “I wish they never would, but they do. We’re working through it, keeping everyone informed.”


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