CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A now-former teacher and coach in Matthews was charged with five counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
Twenty-six-year-old Christopher Muggler, who deputies say was employed at Covenant Day School at the time of arrest, was charged on March 26.
According to a statement from Christ Covenant Church and Covenant Day School officials, Muggler was a youth volunteer at the church and a middle school teacher and coach at the school. He is no longer employed with the school and is not allowed on school or church grounds, the statement read.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office (USCO) says they “found no evidence of physical activity with children," however they say the inappropriate activity was committed strictly online. School officials confirmed activity happened online and there is no reason to believe any students were involved.
“Christ Covenant Church and Covenant Day School have been made aware that one of Christ Covenant’s youth volunteers and Covenant Day’s middle school teachers and coaches, Mr. Chris Muggler, was arrested off-campus on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, by the Union County Sherriff’s Office and charged with second degree sexual exploitation of a minor related to online activity. Mr. Muggler is no longer employed at Covenant Day and is not allowed on the church or school campuses. As a church and school, we are shocked and grieved by the news details above. Covenant Day parents and Christ Covenant Church youth parents have been made aware of this incident. We are fully cooperating with law enforcement authorities in every way possible. Since this is an ongoing investigation, the details of the incident are not available for release and may continue to be limited until the judicial process moves forward. As of this time, we have no reason to believe that any of our students are or have been involved. The safety and security of our students is our primary concern and utmost priority.”
The FBI is handling the investigation and could not provide comment on the active investigation but did reveal federal charges are likely.
UCSO says Muggler made his $25,000 bond after being arrested.