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Lake Norman HS softball coach arrested, fired after inappropriate conduct with student

Thomas Strahan had served as a softball coach at LNHS since June 2017
Thomas Strahan was arrested after he left one girl an inappropriate voicemail.
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 5:01 PM EDT
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CORNELIUS, N.C. (WBTV) - The Lake Norman High School softball coach was fired after being arrested Wednesday.

The school said that Thomas Strahan, 58, was charged by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) with one count of felony indecent liberties with a minor.

According to Sheriff Darren Campbell, a female student notified school staff on Tuesday that Strahan had left her a voicemail talking about a sexual act.

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The school resource officer notified investigators with the ICSO special victim’s unit and warrants were obtained to search Strahan’s social media outlets and phone records.

“These are one of the cases that need fast action because you don’t know what else you may find so obviously the members of our special victims unit that specialize in these types of investigations, we contact them immediately and they diverted all their assets to this particular case at that time,” said Sheriff Darren Campbell.

Based on the evidence gathered, a felony arrested warrant was obtained for Strahan and he was taken into custody Wednesday.

“Anytime that we get information of something that is that serious or even things that are not overly serious we drop everything and get immediately there. That’s why the school resource officers are so vital with that because we have someone on the scene immediately,” said Sergeant Patrick Dixson with the Special Victims Unit.

“We have to have probable cause to make an arrest, the same goes if we apply for search warrants and that thing so by getting the evidence to do a probable cause to take it to a judicial official for an arrest warrant,” Sheriff Campbell said.

He was being held on a $50,000 secured bond Wednesday, but authorities said on Thursday that he had bonded out.

Strahan had served as a softball coach at LNHS since June 2017. He did not teach in the Iredell-Statesville Schools and has never served in any other capacity in the district.

Officials said Strahan did not have any previous indecent liberties with a child charges on his record.

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