RALEIGH, North Carolina -- A swim coach is facing 13 counts of statutory sex offenses and indecency charges after he was accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl.
Nathan Weddle, 43, was in court Friday where he was ordered to stay away from the teenage victim and any other children under the age of 18.
Weddle, who has three children of his own, knew the female victim because he was her coach, court documents show.
Four years ago, Weddle was named head coach of the Capital Area Swim Team.
Now he is being held on a $5 million bond and has been ordered to give a DNA sample.
Arrest warrants show the alleged incidents occurred between August 1 and December 20.
Weddle's lawyer, Anna Smith Felts, said the news is disheartening.
"It's just a devastating situation, I've personally known him for years," she said. "He's an outstanding person, not just personally, but also a big leader in our community, and I know that he's going to be working diligently with the DA's office to try to resolve this as quickly as possible. He's been compliant with all of the state's request up until now."
Before Weddle was arrested, his bio on the swim team's website said he "loves the sport of swimming and the dedication it develops in young people."
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Swim coach accused of having sex with 15-year-old student