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Alleged relationship with student leads to charges
A Courtland High School assistant coach is facing charges after allegations that he was having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old female student.
According to Lt. Troy Skebo of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, the accusation was revealed Wednesday while detectives were investigation another criminal case.
Detective Pattye Harper discovered that the relationship between the coach and teen was consensual and lasted about six months, Skebo said.
Keith Bradley Pendleton, 35, of Spotsylvania, is charged with felony indecent liberties, distribution of drugs to a minor and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Skebo said none of the offenses occurred on school property or during school hours.
Pendleton was an assistant football and track coach at Courtland. He was also a para-educator and is listed on the Spotsylvania County Schools’ website as an online class facilitator.
According to school officials, Pendleton is no longer an employee of the school system. It was unclear whether he resigned or was terminated, Skebo said.
He turned himself in to authorities on Wednesday and is being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.
Anyone with more information about this case is asked to contact the Spotsylvania sheriff’s office at 540/582-7115.
Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419