Ardmore City Schools assistant coach and paraprofessional, Virgil Harmon, Jr.,  has posted bond in the case accusing him of sexual solicitation involving a minor. But, late Friday Ardmore Deputy Police Chief Kevin Norris described the investigation that led to the charges as ongoing.
“We are still investigating. Retrieval of technical forensic evidence continues. We have conducted several interviews. However, we are still in the process of locating several people that we would like to speak with,” Norris said. “If the investigation uncovers more criminal activity we will seek additional charges.”
First Assistant District Attorney Heather Cooper filed the three-count felony case against the 31-year-old Ardmore resident Friday morning in Carter County District Court. All three counts accuse Harmon of soliciting sexual communication with a minor by use of technology. The trio of charges accuse the coach/paraprofessional of “… engaging in communication for sexual or prurient interest with (victim) by use of any technology, more specifically cellular phone and social media applications ….”
Shortly after the charges were filed, Harmon made an initial court appearance. Special District Judge Carson Brooks presided over the appearance, setting bond at $25,000. Brooks also ordered Harmon to have “no contact” with the victim. A case conference is set for June 29. Currently Harmon remains free on bond, pending the outcome of the case.
Norris said APD opened the inquiry that led to Friday’s charges after potential evidence found on a cell phone was turned over to investigators. Subsequent interviews resulted in Harmon’s arrest late Wednesday afternoon. At the time the coach was taken into custody Norris said the results of the preliminary investigation indicated the inquiry was just beginning.
“This is a much larger investigation than we originally thought. It is going to take a lot of leg work,” Norris told The Ardmoreite.
Detective John Johnson, APD Criminal Investigation Division, is assigned as the lead investigator on the case. Friday afternoon, Norris gave no indication as to when he anticipated the case would be stamped closed.
Harmon is identified on ACS websites as an assistant high school football and girls basketball coach, girls junior varsity basketball coach and a paraprofessional.
If convicted, Harmon faces up to 10 years in prison per count and/or fines of up to $10,000 per count.