SOMERSET, Ky. (WTVQ)- According to the Commonwealth Journal, former Somerset High School coach and teacher Stephen E. Wallace was arrested Monday on two misdemeanor charges of Solicitation of Prostitution, with one of the females contacted being a 17-year-old former student.
The paper says 49-year-old Wallace, was taken into custody by the Somerset Police Department after a Complaint Warrant was issued and signed by Pulaski District Judge Katie Slone.
He was released shortly thereafter from the Pulaski County Detention Center after posting 10% of a $7,500 cash bond.
According to the warrant, on January 7, Wallace contacted a 17-year-old female through Facebook Messenger using an account in the name of “Sam Jones.”
The female’s boyfriend reportedly replied back, pretending to be the female and stating during the conversation that “she is 21 years old.”
Also during the course of the conversation, Wallace reportedly discusses starting a physical relationship in exchange for money.
The warrant quotes Wallace as saying, “I can’t make you rich but I can give you $75 per meeting.”
The warrant goes on to say, “The defendant in this case was a teacher at Somerset High School at the time of the offense. The 17 year old girl he contacted was a former student of his.”
The paper says that when asked for comment, Somerset Independent Schools Superintendent Kyle Lively stated, “Mr. Wallace has retired from his position at Somerset High School and is no longer employed by Somerset Schools.”
The warrant goes on to say that Wallace, still using the fake “Sam Jones” account, contacted a second woman – the mother of the juvenile. The mother was aware of the earlier conversation directed toward her daughter at the time she began conversing with Wallace.
Wallace reportedly also had discussions of a sexual nature with the mother, asking if she needs money and if she was willing to meet with him, according to the paper.
Wallace and the adult exchanged photographs. The female sent photos of herself fully clothed while Wallace sent one that was graphic in nature.
The warrant quotes Detective Larry Patterson as saying that when he spoke with Wallace, “The Defendant admitted to me that he uses the Sam Jones Facebook account to meet women. The defendant told me that he never solicited sex for money, that he just likes to help people out with money.”
Wallace spent 19 years as a boys high school soccer coach and almost 25 years total coaching several different sports.
He resigned from both coaching and teaching earlier this year citing health issues.