Coach ap­pears in court fol­low­ing ar­rest

Man ac­cused of send­ing stu­dent nude pho­tos

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach (Sunday) - - LOCAL - By Dan Sweeney, Wayne K. Rous­tan South Flor­ida Sun Sen­tinel [email protected] Sun­Sen­tinel.com, 954-356-4605 or Twit­ter @Daniel_Sweeney

The head var­sity boys soc­cer coach at a Pem­broke Pines high school ap­peared in court Satur­day fol­low­ing his ar­rest for al­legedly send­ing sug­ges­tive texts and nude pho­tos to a fe­male stu­dent.

Owen Cleve­land Gayle, 38, sent the texts over the app What­sApp to a girl at S om­er­set Academy, a char­ter school, who vol­un­teered with the boys’ soc­cer team, the Pem­broke Pines po­lice said. He was charged with trans­mis­sion of harm­ful ma­te­rial to a mi­nor, so­lic­i­ta­tion, un­law­ful use of a com­puter and pro­mot­ing sex­ual per­for­mance of a child.

At his first court ap­pear­ance Satur­day, Gayle was or­dered held on $125,000 bond. Judge John Fry also or­dered Gayle to have no con­tact with mi­nors and to have no elec­tronic de­vices in his home that can ac­cess the in­ter­net or send any mes­sages.

Gayle had been booked into the Broward County Jail shortly af­ter 11 p.m. Fri­day on five charges in­clud­ing pro­mot­ing the sex­ual per­for­mance of a child, records show.

When the girl re­ported the texts to an­other coach, the po­lice were called and Pem­broke Pines po­lice de- tec­tive Michael Sil­ver took over the ac­count to send texts back to Gayle. That’s when Gayle al­legedly re­sponded with nude pho­tos and re­quested the fe­male stu­dent send nudes of her own.

Po­lice then ar­rested Gayle and read him his rights, af­ter which he ad­mit­ted to the charges, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port.

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