DELMAR, N.Y. -- A track and field coach in Delmar, who is also a teacher in Troy, is facing serious charges after Bethlehem police say he sent indecent emails to one of the young teens he coached.
Police arrested 32-year old Chad Davey of Delmar on Monday. They say Davey sent emails that were adult in nature to a 14-year old girl, eventually inviting her to engage in sexual contact with him. The teen's quick thinking mother intervened in time, however, notifying authorities.
Bethlehem police say this case highlights the importance of monitoring a child's online activities and their texts. After noticing the racy emails sent from her daughter's track coach, Bethlehem Police Lt. Tom Heffernan, Jr. said the mother did the right thing by making little haste in contacting police.
Davey has since been suspended from his coaching position with the Delmar Track and Field Club, following an emergency meeting of the group Tuesday evening. The club has no connection to any school, but Davey does teach fourth grade at Troy's School 12. Given his involvement with so many teens and children, police say there is reason to believe there could be more victims.
NEWS10 reached out to the Troy City School District, who responded in a statement reading, "Our response is that we do not have the specifics and we cannot discuss a legal and personal matter. We want to assure all that the welfare of the student is our primary concern, and that we will do all that is necessary to ensure the same. We will take the appropriate actions if the details are available to us."
The Delmar Track and Field Club said of Davey's arrest, "The Delmar Track and Field Board is deeply concerned over the allegations that have surfaced regarding Chad Davey. Chad will be suspended from the club while this investigation proceeds and no further action will be taken until its conclusion. Our chief concern is the safety and wellbeing of our athletes. As an organization, we take precautions to protect our athletes and to offer a safe and healthy environment."
Davey's preliminary hearing is set for this Thursday in Bethlehem Town Court at 4:30 p.m.