Newton High School basketball coach accused of sexting student

by: Richard Elliot Updated:

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. - A Newton High School assistant boys basketball coach is out of a job after deputies charged him with sending sexually graphic texts to a 15-year old female student.
Investigators said 27-year old James Carter sent the inappropriate texts to the teenager over a three-week period starting in October.  She finally alerted her caregiver who notified the Newton County Sheriff's Office, deputies said.
"After we were notified of the incident, we conducted a thorough investigation," said Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Courtney Morrison.  "Through that investigation, we were able to also retrieve messages off of Carter's cell phone.  They were sexually-oriented text messages."
Newton County School District spokeswoman Sherri Davis-Viniard said they hired Carter back in August and nothing on his pre-employment background check showed any previous signs of this kind of behavior.
"Once we learned of the allegations, he was terminated," said Davis-Viniard.  "He is no longer an employee of the Newton County School System."
Channel 2 Action News stopped by Carter's Covington home Tuesday, but no one answered the door.
Carter is free on $2,950 bond.