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Kentucky high school cheerleading coach accused of sending team explicit video

A Western Kentucky cheerleading coach was arrested Monday after police say he sent a sexual video to a group chat with members of his team.

Paducah Tilghman High School cheerleaders told police they received a text message from their coach, 43-year-old David Wade, with a video of an unidentified male masturbating, Paducah police say.

Police determined Wade deleted the message and asked the recipients of it to also delete it, police said. Wade later admitted to police that he sent the video but claimed cheer team members were not the intended recipients, according to Paducah police.

According to WPSD, the text was sent out at 8:27 a.m. Monday, and school counselors were notified by 8:50 a.m. Within the hour, the message was reported to Paducah police, and the Department of Children and Family Services was later notified.

Paducah school Superintendent Donald Shively did not name Wade, but said steps were taken by the administration to keep the person involved from contacting students, The Paducah Sun reported. Wade’s employment status was not given.

Wade was charged with evidence tampering, according to police. Paducah police and the McCracken County prosecutor’s office will determine if Wade will face additional charges, the Paducah Sun reported.

Wade, who is also an instructional assistant at McNabb Elementary School, has been Tilghman’s cheerleading coach for at least six years, Shively told WPSD. He has been booked into the McCracken County Regional Jail.

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