Former Park Tudor basketball coach arrested in child exploitation investigation


Kyle Cox

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 4, 2016)-- Former Park Tudor boys basketball coach Kyle Cox was arrested by federal authorities Thursday in a child exploitation investigation, the U.S. Attorney's Office confirmed.

In January, The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served a search warrant at Park Tudor. The warrant was aimed at obtaining information on Cox.

Cox now faces charges of sexual exploitation of a child and sexual misconduct with a minor.

Court documents allege Cox established an improper relationship with a 15-year-old girl who was a Park Tudor student. He attempted to get the victim to meet with him to engage in illegal sexual activity while his wife and children were out of town.

Cox also allegedly used Snapchat and Instagram to communicate with the victim and send sexually-explicit material. On Snapchat, Cox went by the name "bigsilkysmooth."

A report was filed on December 15, 2015 by the Associate Head of School for External Affairs regarding Cox and the victim. The report indicated text messages sent from Cox to the victim were suggestive and not appropriate.

The victim's father spoke to administrators and provided hard copies of text messages that included a sexually explicit photo of a minor.

The court documents say investigators were never given any of the text messages or documents provided to the school until after the search at Park Tudor.

During a conversation with an attorney for Park Tudor on January 5, a detective said he was told the communications were privileged and the attorney would not provide further information.

Two days later, search warrants were served at Cox's residence and Park Tudor.

During the search at Park Tudor, the school's attorney told investigators that he had received a laptop and documents the victim's father provided to Park Tudor three weeks earlier.

Authorities did not know before the search at Park Tudor that the attorney had copies of the visual depictions of a minor engaged in sexually-explicit conduct.

Police then went to the attorney's office to retrieve the items of evidence. Investigators confirmed the phone number used was the same number Park Tudor had on file for Cox.

The victim's father told investigators he believed Park Tudor would notify authorities.

Cox, 31, was terminated in December 2015. He also served as the assistant athletic director.

Stephen M. Wagner, attorney for the family of the victim, issued this statement from the victim's parents:

"My wife and I would like to thank the local and federal law enforcement officials who worked so diligently to make sure Kyle Cox was taken off the street. Throughout this ordeal, God’s love and the support of our daughter’s classmates and the entire Park Tudor community have given us renewed hope. Cox’s depravity is shocking—we are just thankful that we discovered his actions when we did. As our family moves forward, we will work with the school to make sure that this never happens again at Park Tudor. Our primary focus will continue to be on our daughter’s well-being, and we thank everyone in advance for respecting her privacy. Lastly, we want to remind all parents in the community to follow your intuition when it comes to the safety of your children."

Park Tudor issued the following statement:

"We have just learned this afternoon that Kyle Cox, a former Park Tudor employee, has been arrested.

"We do not have any additional information at this time, but we will continue to monitor the situation and will continue to cooperate fully with authorities.

"This has been a difficult time for the entire Park Tudor community, but we will maintain our focus on the safety of our students."

Video from a previous CBS4 story below.

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