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Former Muncie Volleyball Coach Arrested For Having Sex With a 15-Year-Old Girl

Nolan Brand threatened to blackmail her after she ended the relationship

MUNCIE, Ind. -- A former Muncie volleyball coach was arrested Monday following allegations that he had sex with an underage girl, and threatened to blackmail her to keep her quiet.

According to a probable cause document, the 15-year-old victim and her mother went to police on Monday, saying Nolan Brand, 24, had sexually abused the girl. The victim told police she and Brand had sex in September, and that he threatened to blackmail her after she ended the relationship, according to the document.

Police viewed messages from Brand on the victim's phone, talking with the girl about her 15th birthday, the document states.

When police interviewed Brand, he admitted to having sex with the girl more than 12 times. He also gave police access to his phone, which contained videos of sexual acts between the two.

Brand faces three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, one count of child seduction and one count of child exploitation.

Brand was an assistant coach for the Muncie Central High School volleyball team, and a coach for the Munciana Volleyball Club.

A Munciana representative said he was let go Monday. The club removed his coach biography from its website, but a cached version shows he was the head coach of the "16 National Koalas" and previously interned with the Ball State women's basketball team.

Muncie Community Schools says Brand ended his employment on Oct. 14, after being employed for two-and-a-half-months. When he was hired, all background checks were completed, the school said.

MCS spokesperson Ana Pichardo released the following statement: 

“The safety and well-being of our students is always the highest priority in our schools. We are obviously shocked and dismayed by the allegations. We will continue to support all of our students and families while assisting investigators during their investigation." 



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