A former coach at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Md., was arrested on child pornography charges.
Brian Funk, 40, turned himself into Anne Arundel County police on Sunday, where he was charged with one count of child pornography and one count of displaying an obscene item to a minor.
Police said Funk, who also writes for Patch, was investigated after he allegedly attended a movie with a minor female student in July.
Funk, a father of two young children, allegedly met and started a relationship with a 16-year-old female student. School officials say when they learned of it, Funk was fired and reported to police.
“Through our investigation, we learned that he was exchanging sexually explicit images with this female student,” said Justin Mulcahey, Anne Arundel County Police Spokesman. “These images were being exchanged between their personal cell phones of the suspect and the victim.”
On his Patch bio, Funk says he was born in Baltimore and grew up in Anne Arundel County. He attended Towson State before attending graduate school and coaching at Auburn University in Alabama.
Catholic University also selected Funk to serve at the cross county track coach. However, Funk withdrew from the position and never assumed his duties, the college stated.
“He’s been a nice guy - a really nice guy,” said neighbor Michelle Sobek. “I’ve never seen him do anything rude. I mean he was nice to me.”