Former swim coach bound over for trial in sexting case
Allen Park — A former Allen Park High School swim coach was bound over for trial Monday after waiving two hearings on charges that he had inappropriate sexual contact with a female swimmer.
Tyler Card, 26, of Southgate appeared Monday before 24th District Court Judge John Courtright, following an investigation into sexually explicit text messages Card allegedly sent to a 15-year-old member of his team between February 2015 and March 2015.
The messages, sent via the app Snapchat, allegedly included requests for the girl to send nude photographs, schools Superintendent John Sturock said last week.
Card on Monday waived his probable cause hearing and a preliminary examination scheduled for early next month. He is next due in court May 9 for an arraignment on the information in the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit.
Card turned himself in April 14 and was arraigned on the charges, 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. That bond was continued Monday and Card left court without commenting, alongside attorney John Graziani.
As the investigation unfolded, Card was fired last week from his position as head coach for the girls swim team at Allen Park High School.
The investigation stemmed from messages uncovered early last month when some of the alleged victim’s fellow students stepped forward with the information.
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.
Card had been with the district for “a couple years” as an assistant coach before being promoted to head coach last year, Sturock said. He would not comment further on the alleged victim.
“There’s a lot of support for her” inside and outside the school, Sturock said.
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.”