An Estill County soccer coach was fired Wednesday after allegations of rape and sending sexually explicit photos and video to female students on Snapchat.
Andrew Hatton, 28, of Irvine, was arrested by Kentucky State Police on Tuesday in Richmond. He has been charged with five counts of third-degree rape, two counts of prohibited use of an electronic device to procure a minor, two counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of distribution of obscene matter to a minor, according to state police.
“The entire Estill County School Community is saddened by the recent events surrounding our Engineer Soccer Program,” Superintendent Jeff Saylor said Wednesday in a news release. “Within minutes of school officials receiving allegations of inappropriate actions by Coach Andrew Hatton, local law enforcement was notified.”
The Estill County school system initially put Hatton on leave for an internal investigation, but the findings from that investigation led to Hatton being fired, according to Wednesday’s statement, which was posted on the Estill County Board of Education’s Facebook page.
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“We are now in the process of implementing a plan to address the needs of our students and their parents,” Saylor said in the release. “All of our players are experiencing a difficult time trying to deal with feelings and emotions that have been brought about by this situation. The district will continue to provide support to these students and families for as long as needed.”
Hatton had was working as the boys soccer coach in Estill County but had been the girls coach in previous years, according to WKYT, the Herald-Leader’s reporting partner.