A North Cobb High School football coach has been arrested on allegations that he sent and received sexually explicit photos by text message to a student.
Ryne Thomas Thackston of Acworth was arrested May 24 on one felony count of sexual exploitation of children. He was released from the Cobb County Jail the following day on a $20,000 bond.
“On March 5, (Thackston) did send and receive sexually explicit photographs via text messaging to and from a 17-year-old female,” the arrest warrant states. “(Thackston) received numerous digital images and videos of the victim via text messaging.”
The videos and photographs showed the teenage girl nude or partially nude and engaging in “lewd acts” or “sexually explicit conduct,” the warrant says.
Thackston was contacted for comment, but a family member who answered the phone said they have been directed by an attorney not to speak about the incident.
According to the 2012 North Cobb High School football program, Thackston was a wide receivers coach for the Warriors. He was not listed Tuesday on the school’s athletic website.
Cobb Schools spokesman Doug Goodwin confirmed that Thackston was a community coach at North Cobb High School and a substitute teacher. His last substitute teaching assignment was March 7.
Goodwin refused to release any more information on Thackston’s employment status citing the school district’s policy to keep quiet on “personnel matters.”
Phone calls and emails to the North Cobb High School Principal Philip Page, Athletic Director Joseph Horton and Head Football Coach Shane Queen about the arrest were not returned by press time Tuesday.