Former coach accused of sending sexually-explicit texts to students

DILLSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A former Northern York County high school basketball coach is accused of sending sexually-explicit text messages to two female students.

Ronald McDonald, 39, was head boy’s basketball coach at Northern High School.

According to published reports, he left that post back in April. Carroll Township police said while he was coaching, he sent several explicit text messages to two female victims, starting in September of 2013 until February of 2014.

According to a police affidavit, one victim told police McDonald started sending the victim smiley faces through text messages and eventually told her he found her attractive and liked her attitude.

The paperwork says the text messages escalated into more graphic conversations about having sexual relations.

Eventually, according to the paperwork, McDonald told the first victim that he wanted to meet with her outside of school to have sex.

The affidavit also says that the victim told police McDonald last contacted her in February 2014 and asked if she had told anyone about the texts and calls between the two. McDonald allegedly said he had received a call from the Athletic Director at the high school and wanted to know if she had said anything.

The second victim told police that she first met McDonald when he was her girls basketball coach in a summer league, according to the affidavit.

McDonald allegedly began texting her about basketball and the texts eventually escalated to things like, “blondes do it best” or “I wish you were older,” police say.

According to court documents, McDonald is charged with two counts of institutional sexual assault, four counts of corruption of minors, and two counts of unlawful contact with a minor.

McDonald is not listed as a current coach on the school’s website.His next court appearance is set for late January.

He is free on $100,000 unsecured bail.

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