2012-09-04 / Front Page

Lometa coach arrested Friday

Bradley charged with improper relationship between educator/student, online solicitation of a minor
Staff Writer

Wendell Bradley Wendell Bradley Wendell Earl Bradley, 51, Lometa High School head football and girls’ basketball coach and teacher, was arrested Friday by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.

The arrest was for warrants issued against Bradley by the Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office for two counts of improper relationship between educator/student and one count of online solicitation of a minor.

On Aug. 29, according to Sheriff David Whitis, the LCSO received a report regarding allegations that Bradley had been exchanging sexually explicit text messages with several Lometa High School students.

An investigation revealed probable cause to obtain warrants for Bradley’s arrest, Whitis said.

In cooperation with state and local law enforcement agencies, Bradley was taken into custody Friday at the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office in Athens.

Bradley was arraigned, and bond was set at $30,000 – $10,000 on each charge. He posted bond the same day, according to an official in Henderson County.

LCSO Investigator David Thorp is heading the investigation.

Asked why Bradley was booked into the Henderson County Jail rather than being brought back to Lampasas where the warrants were issued, Thorp said a suspect typically is arraigned where he is arrested by the nearest magistrate.

Thorp would not say why Bradley was in Henderson County at the time of his arrest.

Asked if he expected additional charges to be filed, Thorp said only that the investigation is ongoing.

Online solicitation of a minor is a third degree state jail felony, or a second degree felony if the minor is under 14 years of age.

The range of punishment is two to 10 years in jail for a third degree felony, or two to 20 years for a second degree felony. Both carry a maximum fine of $10,000.

A charge of improper relationship between educator/student is a second degree felony, punishable by two to 20 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

Bradley has been Lometa’s football coach since 2006. It is his second stint as a head coach for the Hornets, as he also headed the school’s football program in 1992 and 1993.

Bradley, who also taught high school government and economics, was placed on paid administrative leave Aug. 28, according to Superintendent David Rice, who is teaching the government class now.

In Bradley’s absence, Aaron Nuckles has been named interim head football coach.

Special Programs Director and Athletic Director Jamie Smart will serve as the girls’ interim basketball coach. assisted by Brandy Eckermann.

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