Iola Coach Resigns After Hidden Camera Found

By: Joe Brown/Chace Murphy Email
By: Joe Brown/Chace Murphy Email

An Iola Independent School District coach has resigned after a hidden camera was found in the boys' locker room.

Iola superintendent Doug Devine confirmed the resignation Thursday morning.

The coach stepped down after an internal investigation into the camera, allegedly put into place to catch a locker room thief.

Devine declined to identify the coach, citing an ongoing investigation by the Grimes County District Attorney's Office.

Sources tell News 3, however, the coach that resigned is Trent Edwards.

Edwards worked for Iola ISD for less than a year. He was an assistant football coach and is listed as a history teacher on the Iola ISD website.

District officials say they had no knowledge of the camera until a student discovered it. Devine said earlier this week the district neither condones nor permits hidden cameras for any reason.

The case was turned over to the Grimes County Sheriff's Office. Investigators said Wednesday no criminal charges were likely because of a lack of evidence.

The case will still be forwarded to the district attorney's office for a final review. However, that review will not include the actual locker room footage which was inadvertently taped over during the recording of a football game.

Devine says the coach is on paid administrative leave until his resignation takes effect January 18.

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