INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The now-former Park Tudor coach and teacher accused of sending inappropriate messages and photos to a 15-year-old student is back in federal court Monday afternoon.
Kyle Cox has been in federal custody since he was arrested last Thursday. Monday’s court appearance is a detention hearing, so a judge decided if Cox must remain in custody until his trial. The judge ordered Cox to be released, but prosecutors appealed so judge issued a stay. That means Cox will remain in U.S. Marshals custody.
At the hearing, prosecutors argued that Cox should remain in federal custody because he continued to contact Park Tudor students and “interfere” with the investigation after he resigned from the school in mid-December.
Prosecutors introduced a series of text messages between Cox and a student talking about why Cox left the school and making disparaging remarks about the alleged victim.
“I would turn my head if you messed her up” one of the texts that cox sent the student read, according to prosecutors.
The texts also painted a picture that at one point the alleged victim got ahold of the phone that the other student was using to communicate with Cox.
The student later told Cox in a text that he grabbed the alleged victim by her neck and later shoved her to ground.
Earlier in the hearing Ton Kyle Cox’s father Tony Cox testified that he wants his son to live with him in Springport, Indiana in Henry County.
Prosecutors hammered hard on Tony Cox’s testimony, asking if Kyle Cox told him why he resigned.
“No. He did not want to be shameful to us. I wouldn’t have believed them anyway,” Tony Cox said. “I wouldn’t have asked that. I wouldn’t have believed that anyway.”
Cox is accused of starting an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Court documents said Cox texted the teenager, and used apps like SnapChat and Instagram to send her sexual photos.
Investigators say Cox was planning for the girl to come to his house while his family was away, but the girl’s father found the messages before that happened. Investigators searched Cox’s home and Park Tudor in early January, and the FBI arrested him at his home last Thursday.
After the arrest, 24-Hour News 8 reached out to school districts across Indiana to see what their policy was regarding students and teachers communicating outside of class. Some schools, like Brown County, prohibit teachers from having students in their cars. Brown County officials also said the district only allows students and teachers to interact on electronics about school-related matters.
Several schools in Indiana told us they use the NEOLA Policy. NEOLA is an outside company that helps schools develop policies. Under those rules, staff members can only use social media, texting or email when it is directly related to schoolwork. The teachers also must have approval from the principal before beginning an electronic conversation.
24-Hour News 8 will continue to follow this story.