DECATUR — Two Decatur high school coaches accused of sex offenses with teenage girls have entered pleas of not guilty in Macon County Circuit Court.
In separate cases, Dylan W. Nunn, 26, who appeared with defense attorney Douglas Johnson, was arraigned Wednesday on two charges of indecent solicitation of a 14-year-old child and two counts of “grooming”: the act of using electronic communications to seduce or entice a child to commit sex offenses.
Matthew E. Krause, also 26, was arraigned Tuesday on one count of the sexual exploitation of a child, now aged 14, and one count of grooming. He is being represented by defense attorney Huge Rowden.
Judge James Coryell assigned both cases to Judge Jeffrey Geisler with a pretrial hearing scheduled for May 31 for both cases. Krause is free on $150,000 bond but Nunn remains in the Macon County Jail with his bond set at $100,000. Johnson told Coryell that a motion had been filed previously to reduce the bond and Coryell said that was now a matter for Geisler to consider.
Sworn police affidavits in each case said both men worked as coaches at Eisenhower High School. Nunn, who was the girls’ freshman basketball coach as well as a school district security guard, is accused of repeatedly making sexual advances to a 14-year-old student. Police said he talked to the girl about having sex and persuaded her to send him a picture of herself in her underwear.
Krause, 26, who coached softball and also worked as a teaching assistant at French Academy elementary school, is accused of using Snapchat to have conversations about sex with a teenage student. Prosecutors also said he sent the child nude pictures of himself.