DECATUR — Friends of the 14-year-old student police said was the victim of indecent solicitation by a Decatur high school basketball coach said she called the 26-year-old man her “boyfriend,” a sworn affidavit reveals.
The police affidavit describes the girl as saying Eisenhower High School freshman girls coach Dylan W. Nunn had talked of having sex with her and asked her to go to a basketball game in Chicago with him. Nunn worked at Hope Academy and also coached the eighth-grade girls basketball team last season.
Friends of the girl said Nunn, who is also a school district security guard, would “get upset” when he saw her talking to other boys, the affidavit said.
“The 14-year-old stated she has had conversations with Dylan about having sex with him but denied actually having sex with Dylan,” detective Chris Hale said in the affidavit. He said the girl said she had been talking to Nunn for several months and had “sent him a photo of herself in her underwear in the past,” Hale said. The girl told him she had spoken to Nunn on March 23 and Nunn had told her to “get his name out of this,” Hale said.
These are the second set of child sex-related charges involving a coach at Eisenhower High School in as many weeks. Nunn, arrested Wednesday afternoon after he agreed to come to police headquarters for an interview, denied having an inappropriate relationship with the girl, according to Hale.
“Dylan was shown the Snapchat messages recovered from the 14-year-old. I asked Dylan to explain the good night messages with heart eye and heart emoji,” said Hale. “Dylan stated it was a joke. I asked Dylan if he had conversations about having sex with the 14-year-old. Dylan denied that happened. Dylan stated the 14-year-old just has a crush on him. I asked Dylan for his phone to verify what he was telling me. Dylan stated it was not necessary.”
Nunn was booked on preliminary charges of indecent solicitation and “grooming,” which is using electronic communications to “seduce, solicit, lure or entice” a child to commit a sex offense. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney's Office.
Nunn’s arrest followed a similar case involving a 14-year-old girl and Eisenhower softball coach Matthew E. Krause, 26. Krause, who is also a teaching assistant at French Academy elementary school, was arrested there on Friday on preliminary charges of indecent solicitation of a child and the sexual exploitation of a child. Krause was also the eighth-grade girls basketball coach at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.
Hale, described as a school resource officer, was the arresting officer in that case well well. Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said Thursday he could not comment on any similarities between the two cases or whether they were linked. He did confirm investigations were continuing.
Nunn remained in the Macon County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $100,000 bond. If he makes bail, he is ordered to stay away from “any school” and to have no contact with the girl or with “any minor under 18 years of age,” according to court documents.
Krause is free on $150,000 bond.