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.
One of the things that captured the most attention during Butler’s run to the NCAA Tournament final last year was their mascot, Blue II, who is a staple at Butler home games (and some road games). The Bulldogs all pat their mascot as they’re being introduced, but the NCAA ruled that no live mascots would be allowed in arenas during the regional games. However, Butler is still overcoming the March Madness lines that are against him, and if they get far enough, Blue II may still make another appearance at the Big Dance.
The Bulldogs haven’t made things easy on themselves, as they needed a last-second putback by Matt Howard to take down Old Dominion, then they disposed of the first No.1 seed in the Tournament, Pittsburgh, in one of the craziest endings you’ll ever wish to see in a game, capped off by a converted free-throw attempt by Howard. The Bulldogs now move onto the Sweet Sixteen, where they were go up against Wisconsin in what should be another close game, but this is a battle-tested team who has been through a lot over the last two seasons, especially in the postseason. They’re not going to back down from anyone, and if they made it to Championship Monday as a fifth seed last year, they can definitely get back to the Final Four as an eighth seed.
If they return to the Final Four, the NCAA has said they would consider allowing Blue II to be a part of the festivities once again. The argument is that there isn’t a quick enough turnaround time in the regional games, and there wasn’t enough space with all the teams in the Tournament. But with four teams left, it wouldn’t be a problem, so the Bulldogs have some added motivation in their back pockets.
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