Police: Tilghman cheer coach sentsexual video


A cheerleading coach at Paducah Tilghman High School was arrested Monday after police said he admitted to sending a sexual video to a group that included cheerleaders.

David E. Wade, an instructional assistant at McNabb Elementary School, faces one count of tampering with physical evidence.

Paducah Public Schools Superintendent Donald Shively said, according to a timestamp, students received the message shortly before 8:30 a.m. and school officials were alerted within 15 minutes.

Shively said the administration quickly contacted the Paducah Police Department and requested that they investigate.

Police Chief Brian Laird said detectives determined Wade, 43, deleted the message and asked the recipients to delete the message. Wade also attempted to hide his phone from the detectives.

Laird said Wade acknowledged sending the video, but claimed sending it to that group was an accident and that they weren't the intended recipients.

Police said the message contained a video of a male masturbating.

Shively, who did not directly name Wade, declined to comment on Wade's employment status, but said steps were taken so that he could not contact students.

Typically, Shively said, the administration would put someone in that situation on leave with pay until an investigation was completed.

Police said the department was contacted before 9:30 a.m.

Shively said the school contacted the Department of Community Based Services later in the morning.

He said the school worked to identify all of the students who could have seen the message, and inform their parents they may have been exposed to the content.

"The situation is now in the hands of the Paducah Police Department," Shively said.

Wade was booked into the McCracken County Regional Jail, and Laird said the decision on whether to bring any further charges rests with the McCracken County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.

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