So, a “school resource officer” (in-school cop) sees an adult coach escorting an underage high school girl from campus on Valentine’s Day and reports it. Same resource officer takes girl home after she comes back from this little rendezvous and her mother calls the school to find out WTF is going on between her daughter and the coach. School says it will investigate, but it could take several months.
What would you do? Well, one mother in Portsmouth, VA decided she wasn’t going to wait for the school to get around to checking out allegations a coach was having sex with her daughter, so she called the cops and now Churchland High School coach Cedric Cradle (as in “robbing the”) has been slapped with several felony charges. The school’s response? It just takes time to properly investigate these kinds of allegation. Wonder if it would take that long to do an investigation if some kind of “sex with underage girls” bonus was involved?
Here’s more on the story from WTKR:
The girl’s mother says if she had left the investigation up to the school, her daughter’s allegation that the teen and the 37-year-old had sex wouldn’t have surfaced. After Cradle and the girl returned to campus that day, the resource officer brought the girl home. Her mom wanted school officials to investigate why the coach took her daughter off campus, but she says Churchland school officials told her their investigation could take several months.
The school district’s policy says complaints regarding employees can take up to sixty days to process.
The mother of the teen filed a report with the Portsmouth police three days later after the incident. It’s the only one police have received regarding the Valentine’s Day incident. It was only during an interview with the Portsmouth police that the girl said she and the coach had sex. Police arrested Cradle after they interviewed him two weeks ago.
“She looked at him as a confidant, and she looked up to him, and for him to take her in a vulnerable situation in that state was just beyond,” says the teen’s mom.