A high school girls basketball coach in Florida was fired after being charged with soliciting sexual favors from a student at the school at which he worked.
As reported by Orlando Fox affiliate WFTV and CBS affiliate WKMG, 27-year-old Bryan Lockley was fired from his position as girls basketball coach and teacher at Kissimmee (Fl.) Liberty High after he was charged with soliciting sex from one of his female students via a series of text messages.
WFTV reported that Lockley reportedly sent inappropriate pictures of himself to a teenage girl whom he tried to befriend by asking her to have lunch with him in his classroom. The teen in question mentioned the text messages to a close friend and discovered that Lockley had sent her a similar text message, with the duo then encouraged to contact officials.
Perhaps most disturbing are the rather direct text messages Lockley used to solicit sex from the teens, as noted in the basketball coach’s arrest warrant.
"When do you turn 18 so you can come to my side of town and party with me?"
Lockley allegedly invited her to stay in his Daytona Beach hotel room on spring break and explained, "No one would know because it was in Daytona."
While police and school officials acted quickly to eliminate Lockley’s access to the school, the students he left behind were quick to sing the plaudits of their former teacher.
"He seems like a great guy. He tells everyone to do their work, focus,” Liberty student Tristan Roman told WFTV. “You wouldn't expect it from him.”