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Softball coach faces indecent liberties charge at Lake Norman High School

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The softball coach at Lake Norman High School was charged with indecent liberties with children after a voice mail concerning a sex act was reported to the school resource officer, said Iredell Sheriff Darren Campbell.

Thomas Patrick Strahan, 58, of Cornelius was arrested Wednesday. A magistrate set bond at $50,000.

While Strahan is the coach at the school he is not a teacher, said Boen Nutting, chief of strategic planning and student services for Iredell-Statesville Schools. “Mr. Strahan does not teach in the Iredell-Statesville Schools and has never served in any other capacity in the district.”

She said Strahan has been released from his duties as the softball coach, a position he’s held since June 2017.

Campbell said the investigation began Tuesday when staff members at Lake Norman notified the school resource officer about a female student at the school who had reportedly received a voicemail from Strahan talking about a sex act.

The officer notified investigators with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit.

Investigators took statements from various individuals who had learned of the voicemail and got search warrants for Strahan’s social media outlets and telephone records, the sheriff said.

This investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are anticipated, Campbell said.

Strahan has no listed criminal record.


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