INDIANAPOLIS — Those close to Kyle Cox knew one of two men, federal prosecutor Kristina Korobov told a packed Downtown Indianapolis courtroom Friday.
One was an upstanding family man and former Park Tudor basketball coach who was seen as a mentor and educator to his students.
The other was a predator. A wolf. A man who used his position to manipulate the students who looked up to him, sometimes in pursuit of a relationship, other times to cover his tracks.
Though Cox admitted guilt and apologized for his actions in court during his plea for the minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, U.S. District Judge Larry J. McKinney agreed with Korobov’s portrayal. McKinney instead sentenced Cox to 14 years behind bars — the term prosecutors sought.
“You decide what you want, and then you decide to take it from a source that is least able to defend itself,” McKinney said. “Who is more vulnerable, as I’ve already said, than teenage kids?”
As part of that deal, prosecutors said they wouldn’t seek a sentence of more than 14 years, and Cox said he wouldn’t seek fewer than 10.
According to court documents, the girl’s father discovered the messages and reported them to school officials just days before the girl had agreed to meet Cox at his home for sex last December.
Cox resigned and signed a confidentiality agreement with the school. According to an initial complaint filed against Cox, he tried to persuade the girl to take the blame and say that she had taken Cox’s iPad from his office and planted the explicit messages on it.
The criminal complaint also said Cox texted a male student the day after signing the confidentiality agreement that everyone was supporting him, saying: “the nice thing is that I can get any job in the state … I’ve positioned myself to be marketable.”