Formal charges have been filed against former Harrison School coach Lucas Horn alleging sexual indecency with a child via social media.
The Harrison Daily Times reports according to an arrest affidavit, the 27-year-old Horn is also charged with tampering with physical evidence after he allegedly destroyed a cell phone used to communicate with a 17-year-old girl, a former student at Harrison and a ward of state juvenile services.
The affidavit notes a house parent at the facility where the juvenile lives was examining the girls phone and found nude images on it. The girl then locked herself in a room with the phone and began deleting images and conversations she allegedly had with Horn in September. Those conversations were conducted on Instagram and Snapchat apps.
When Harrison Police began the investigation, they discovered Horn had allegedly destroyed the cell phone on which he apparently communicated with the girl into the late-night hours of Sept. 14th.
Police say Horn turned himself in on the charges Dec. 14th, even before the warrant was issued for his arrest. He was released after posting $2,500 professional bond, but formal charges were only filed late last Friday afternoon, Jan. 4th.
According to official charges against Horn, he exposed himself to the girl even though he was a mandated reporter of suspected abuse and a coach in the school district where he had held a position of authority or trust over the alleged victim.
Charges state Horn destroyed his cell phone because he did not want the phone’s contents to be known, and he wanted everything in the investigation to be gone.
He is scheduled for a first appearance in Boone County Circuit Court on Jan. 25th.
Horn joined the Goblin coaching staff in 2015. The Harrison Board of Education met in special session in December and accepted Horns resignation. School officials declined comment on whether his resignation involved the police investigation because it was a personnel matter.