Former HS coach accused of sexual misconduct with student

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by azfamily.com

Video reported by Jason Volentine

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 13 at 3:53 PM

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- A former high school wrestling coach is accused of sexual misconduct with a female student, according to Lisa Kutis with the Goodyear Police Department.

Kyle Curtis DeBerry, 25, was arrested Wednesday after an investigation that lasted several months.

DeBerry is facing charges of luring a minor for sexual exploitation and assault. His bond was set at $5,000.

He was a wrestling coach at Desert Edge High School.

According to court paperwork, the 16-year-old student told school staff that she had been receiving sexually explicit text messages from DeBerry. She provided screen shots from her cellphone showing the messages sent and received.

"The student did report to school officials who then in turn reported it to the police department," Kutis said.

The student told police that DeBerry requested to have sex with her and asked her to send photographs of herself to him. Police said the pictures did not qualify as pornographic images.

The victim also told police that she pushed DeBerry away after he kissed her on the lips and bit her neck while they were in a school supply room in May.

The investigation began in August, which is when the school district suspended DeBerry.

"I got a really bad vibe from him," female student Malia Begay said. "I wasn't shocked he got arrested. He creeped me out."

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call the Goodyear Police Department.

Statement from Agua Fria Union High School District:

Coach DeBerry was with the school for 2 years. He was a wrestling coach and special education teacher. The allegations came to light in August. He resigned when the school began an internal investigation.

Click here to see letter sent home to parents

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