Monday, October 09, 2006

High School Coach Arrested After Sex Tape Descovered

(AP) -- A high school girls' basketball coach was arrested on child pornography charges after detectives found homemade tapes of him having sex with an eighth-grade student in the 1990s, authorities said.

William ''Buck'' Lanham, 47, who has been coaching at Orlando Christian Prep since 2002, was arrested at the school Thursday and charged with possession of child pornography and possession of marijuana, Orange County sheriff's Sgt. Rich Mankewich said.

A phone message left for a William Lanham in Orlando was not returned and efforts to reach Lanham on Sunday were unsuccessful. Lanham is free on $25,000 bond.

A former player, now 23, told detectives in June she began a sexual relationship with Lanham when she was a 14-year-old at St. John Vianney Catholic School in the late 1990s.

The former player said the coach twice videotaped them having sex, Mankewich said. Lanham could not be charged with having sex with a minor because the statute of limitations expired.

The tapes and marijuana were found during a Thursday search of Lanham's apartment, police said.

Lanham has led the Orlando Christian Prep girls basketball team to a 108-25 record and to the state high school Final Four three times.

''The kids, they like Buck,'' said Ken Mitchell, whose 15-year-old daughter plays on the team. ``It is sad.''

The arrest has brought scrutiny on the hiring practices at Orlando Christian Prep, which was founded in 1960 by the Orlando Baptist Church and has about 450 students.

Court records show Lanham -- using the alias Louie Rivera -- served time in state prison for possession of cocaine in Orlando in 1988.

''We've been advised not to comment because it is an ongoing investigation,'' said Orlando Christian Prep admissions director Shelly Brown.

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