FBI: Kansas coach posed as a teen girl to get explicit pics
September 4, 2020
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The FBI says an assistant boys high school basketball coach in Topeka posed as a teenage girl on social media to get explicit photos from other teenagers.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the FBI is seeking tips from anyone who may have been contacted by 40-year-old Jeffrey Pierce on Instagram, Snapchat, Kik and Grindr. The usernames he is alleged to have used included Addie Strode, Kennedy and Jordy Rey Rey.
Pierce was suspended from his job at Seaman High School because of the investigation that resulted in two federal counts of producing child pornography and one count of possessing it. The Seaman school board will consider to terminate his teaching contract Friday.
Prior to working as a history teacher at Seaman High, Pierce worked for the nearby Auburn-Washburn school district as a history teacher and cross country, basketball and track coach.
On Friday, the Seaman Board of Education voted to fire Pierce. Its resolution alleges that files on his district-issued computer show that while off of school grounds, he used the computer to access inappropriate websites in violation of board policy.
Superintendent Steve Noble said he and others were "crushed" by the allegations, and that the district is cooperating with the investigation.