Ardmore coach arrested on solicitation charge

Virgil Harmon Jr.
Virgil Harmon Jr.(KXII)
Published: May. 18, 2017 at 11:14 AM CDT
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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII)-- An Ardmore High School coach has bonded out after being arrested Wednesday for allegedly asking a child for sex.

Virgil Harmon Jr., 31, is facing three felony counts of soliciting sexual communication with a minor by use of technology. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison.

Ardmore City Schools Superintendent Kim Holland says until the investigation yields answers, Harmon isn't welcome back on campus.

"Our main job is to make sure our kids are safe, and that's what actions we've taken, to make sure we're taking care of our kiddos." Holland said.

Holland said he first got a report from a parent a couple days ago, regarding one of their high school coaches.

"I have seen a few text messages, which is what caused me the concern to begin with, and put this whole thing in progress." Holland said.

He reported the issue to police, who arrested Harmon, 31, Wednesday, on two counts: solicitation of a minor by electronic device, and indecent acts or proposals on a minor. This is after they found evidence of sexual contact or communication with a minor, on a phone that was turned over to them.

"I just think that's so wrong, he shouldn't have to mess with a high school student," Juanique Douglas said.

Douglas has a daughter who attends kindergarten in Ardmore.

"That's just like my daughter when she gets that age. I won't want no one to text my daughter, especially if you're a coach, working at the high school," Douglas said. "You're there to teach, not there to text students."

Holland says Harmon has been with A.C.S for several years, as a teacher's aide, assistant high school football coach, and girls' basketball and junior varsity basketball coach.

But Holland also says he's not allowed back on campus, or contact with any students, pending the outcome of this investigation.

"Adults should be held accountable, and again, it's not something we're willing to turn a blind eye, too." Holland said.

Holland says they are offering counseling to the parent and child who came forward, but they don't yet know if any other students were involved.

Harmon appeared in court Thursday via teleconference, where he was given a $25,000 bond. He has since bonded out.