Police: Wrestling Coach Tried to Barter Pics for Pot

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A wrestling coach in Michigan is facing accusations that he asked a child to send him sexual images, according to reports.

The Press & Guide of Dearborn reported that charges were announced against Dearborn Divine Child wrestling coach Brandon Phillip Fenzel, after the coach allegedly solicited sexually explicit photographs from an underage male student.

Fenzel, 24, reportedly asked the 15-year-old boy to send him photos, and said that he would give him marijuana, if he did. Fenzel was arrested by the Dearborn police Wednesday.

"The student was a member of wrestling team when it is alleged that Fenzel asked him to send sexually abusive material in exchange for marijuana," said a Saturday press release from the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

The Detroit News reported that Fenzel is facing four counts of child sexually abusive activity and four counts of using a computer to commit a crime.

Fenzel was arraigned Saturday in front of Judge Mark Somers of 19th District Court and issued a $500,000 cash bond. 

A probable cause hearing has been set for Friday, July 8.

Authorities said Fenzel is also employed as a teacher at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory School in Orchard Lake.

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