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Update: Tucker coach accused of having relationships with 2 students

By Andy Jenks - bio | email                                      

Posted by Terry Alexander - email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - New revelations in the sex crimes case against a local high school football coach. Prosecutors now allege there's a second victim.

Coach William "Mac" Leighton was arraigned Wednesday morning via video conference, just a day after police said Leighton's victim was a 17-year-old student. Wednesday prosecutors added that there's also a 15-year-old victim in the case.

For 13 minutes inside juvenile court, a judge and county prosecutor laid out the accusations against Tucker Varsity Football Coach Mac Leighton. There are two alleged victims now. Both female students, ages 15 and 17 at the time.

Prosecutors say Leighton received, on a cell phone, pornographic pictures of both between August of 2008, and April of this year. Prosecutors also say there was unspecified physical contact with the 17-year-old student, which was stunning to local parents.

"You hate to hear stuff like that but you just hope that it's not true," said Sal Midulla, whose son attends Tucker High School.

When he wasn't gazing into the court's camera, Leighton appeared visibly uneasy during the arraignment, swallowing deeply numerous times, and at one point, covering his face with his hands.

His attorney requested a $5,000 bond. But the judge went with $50,000. And Leighton would be forbidden from contacting the alleged victims, or any J. R. Tucker High School student including his players.

"I know about his coaching ability. Which was very good. I know he's good with the kids," Midulla added.

Leighton is married. And his wife showed quiet support in the courtroom. His attorney said Leighton is still employed by the school system, but was not actively going to work as of last week.

Leighton made bond Wednesday afternoon. In addition to the "no contact" rules, he'll be under court supervision. His next court date is three months from now: A preliminary hearing on August 7.

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