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Tennis coach charged with corruption of minors

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December 13, 2013 3:00:04 PM PST
A tennis coach at Sacred Heart Day School in Bryn Mawr went in this morning to face charges after a student claimed he sent her inappropriate text messages and tried to kiss her.

Veteran Main Line tennis coach Charles Meredith surrendered to Plymouth Twp. Police Friday morning to face charges of trying to corrupt the morals of a minor.

Investigators say a 15-year-old player on the school's tennis team was sent suggestive texts messages by Meredith for several months.

Meredith was not on the faculty, he was employed only as a coach.

The girl claims the 52-year-old Meredith sent her inappropriate text messages telling her she was "hot" and writing that after a team dinner she would be his "dessert."

The affidavit of probable cause shows that the student claims similar text messages were sent for months, and that he would sometimes brush up against her. The affidavit also says Meredith took the alleged victim to a gym for training and then parked nearby and began trying to kiss her. Then, he is accused of taking her to an ice cream shop and telling her not to tell anyone about the incident.

After today's hearing, Meredith was released on $50,000 unsecured bail. His lawyer says his client, who is married and a father of 2 is innocent.

"Her allegations are not true," said Jim Freeman, Meredith's attorney. "It's an unfortunate situation. This is a man whose entire life is being disrupted by allegations that have no basis in fact whatsoever."

If convicted, Meredith could face up to 5 years behind bars.

The only comment from the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart about the case is that Meredith is was fired from his job weeks ago.

Meredith's court date is February 11th.


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