CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - The founder of the popular Facebook group 'Living Chandler' is facing more sexual misconduct allegations. Arizona's Family has learned Matthew Coates was arrested a second time for public sexual indecency.
We first told you about Coates' first arrest last month. A massage therapist shared her story with us, saying Coates touched himself during a massage in November of 2018.
The report from Chandler police details Coates' second arrest on Jan. 31, this time for indecent exposure.
A woman claims in April of 2018, after she had given Coates and his wife free massages to thank them for their work with the Living Chandler page, he showed up for a follow-up. He was told to lie on his chest, but when she walked in, he was on his back, exposed. She reportedly covered him and went on with the massage, later telling police she regretted not ending it.
She told police she wanted to give him the "benefit of the doubt" at the time, but after seeing the news last month of his arrest for public sexual indecency, she decided to go to the police.
The report also says Coates had been the moderator of another popular Facebook page in Edmond, Oklahoma, and that police there had investigated him for using that status to intimidate women.
We obtained the 2016 reports from Edmond Police, in which two women accuse Coates of harassment, but police say it never escalated to a crime.
Coates also filed a harassment complaint and even sued several people in Edmond for defamation, infliction of emotional distress, civil conspiracy, and invasion of privacy/public disclosure of private facts. Online records show one was settled and the rest were dismissed.
We reached out to Coates' attorney who said, "Neither I nor Mr. Coates will be making any comment regarding ongoing charges at this time."
The Living Chandler page is under new management; realtors Jera Bank and Adam Bailey said on Facebook they have taken over the page. In a 'Frequently Asked Questions' post dated February 19, the current administrators said they had no affiliation with the Coatses "except in the context of this deal." When answering whether they paid for the page, they said:
"That’s a very personal question – and one we would rather keep private. Here’s what we can tell you: We did this not as a moneymaker, but as a way to support a city where we do business and have many, many clients. At the same time, we also view this page as a community in need of new voices. We want to help it grow, get better and move forward."
They also said the Coateses will not have any involvement in the page moving forward, but they did say they would not allow posts about the Coateses, saying there are other sites where people can spread gossip.
In a new post dated Thursday night, they said they wanted to clear up a misconception:
We didn’t buy this page from its previous owners. No money changed hands. Rather, we agreed to take over as administrators and operate the page, approving its posts and new members. We did that because we see Living Chandler as providing a valuable platform for residents and those who do business in Chandler. We knew this would be a tough transition, but this group is bigger than the folks who run it. We must move forward and get back to Chandler."
Bailey reiterated in a phone call Thursday that no money was exchanged for the page. We requested an interview with them Wednesday, but were told they weren't available.
Photographer and realtor Nick Flournoy started a new community page after all this happened, called "Connecting Chandler." He said he'll forge a new path in Chandler, by focusing on networking and volunteering.
"It is unfortunate what happened to him and his group and what happened to the ladies," Flournoy said. "I just hope we can move past it."