The Paducah coach accused of evidence tampering appeared in court Tuesday and entered a not guilty plea.

David Wade, the head cheerleading coach at Paducah Tilghman High School and an assistant at McNabb Elementary, was arrested Tuesday after police said he sent a sexually explicit video to students.

McCracken Commonwealth's Attorney Dan Boaz said Wade appeared without an attorney for his arraignment, and said he plans to hire private counsel.

Police said when they responded to Wade's home to investigate, they found the video had been deleted and Wade attempted to hide his phone from investigators.

He faces one count of tampering with physical evidence, a Class D felony.

Wade claimed sending the video Monday morning to the message group that included both students and parents was an accident.

Wade was ordered to appear in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

If he waives that hearing, or if a judge finds probable cause that the offense occurred, Wade's case will be submitted to a grand jury, which will decide whether to indict him. Superintendent Donald Shively did not discuss Wade's specific employment status, but said steps were taken prohibiting him from contacting students.

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