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The Roanoke Times (Virginia)

 

A former Giles County basketball coach pleaded guilty Wednesday to using his phone to ask teen girls for nude pictures of themselves.

Jordan Dale Green, 24, listed in court records as having a Narrows address, used his position as the eighth-grade girls ' basketball coach at Narrows High School and his wife's position as a girls' volleyball coach to target teens to solicit through the Snapchat app, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Debra Sifford said during a hearing in Giles County Circuit Court.

While Green told investigators that no girls actually sent him nude pictures and that he never sent naked pictures of himself to them, one teen said that Green sent her a picture of his face, Sifford said.

Green pleaded guilty in Giles County Circuit Court under an agreement that reduced the maximum prison term he faced but set a range of punishment above that recommended by state sentencing guidelines.

Free on bond while awaiting trial, Green was taken into custody at the close of Wednesday's hearing. Judge Lee Harrell ordered a pre-sentencing report and scheduled a decision on Green's punishment for July 19.

Green's plea agreement changed the two charges against him from soliciting child pornography to using a communication device to solicit a minor in violation of state law. The original charges each carried a maximum five-year prison sentence. The plea agreement set a range of punishment from two to six years in prison, plus three years of supervision by the probation office after his release.

The agreement also mandated that Green register as a sex offender and that he have no contact with the girls involved in the case or any child besides his own without permission from the court or his probation officer. Green cannot use social media, and cannot use a phone, computer or any device that connects to the internet without permission from the court or probation office, and is barred from Giles County school property unless the school board states in writing that he can be there, Harrell said.

Summarizing the case, Sifford said that in December, a school resource officer relayed a student's complaint that Green was sending Snapchat messages asking for pictures. "Let's swap nudes," Green wrote in a message to the teen, Sifford said.

Green pretended to be a 17-year-old boy from James Monroe High School just across the state line in West Virginia. But, the teen suspected that it was Green. When she sent a message back asking why he was doing this when he had a wife and child, Green replied that he did "stupid stuff" when he was drinking with friends, Sifford said.

Green later confessed to investigators that he sent the Snapchat messages, and said he was addicted to pornography, Sifford said. Green told investigators that his family knew of his attraction to pornography and that to hide his activities, he deleted records of his messages and online activities from his phone before returning home each day, Sifford said.

The prosecutor said that while Green was being charged for sending messages to two girls between October and December, investigators also talked to a second pair of teens who said Green contacted them. One of these girls told investigators that Green went beyond messages and had groped her breasts and crotch, made her sit on his lap, and lain on top of her on a bed, Sifford said during Wednesday's hearing.

Defense attorney Jason Ballard of Pearisburg said that he could not confirm or deny the allegations that were not involved in the actual charges, or even the existence of the second set of girls.

Green's coaching ended with last year's fall season.

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