MARIETTA, Ga. -- A 30-year-old tennis coach who taught young people at a Marietta park has been accused of child molestation for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a student.
Laurel Park is the tennis center of Marietta and the city hired a company called Allcourt to operate the facilities, hold tournaments and arrange lessons.
Cary Sutton, 30, was a part-time instructor and it was his alleged relationship with a 12-year-old student that led to his arrest. The girl’s parents alerted police.
The arrest warrant accuses Sutton of kissing the girl on the tennis complex grounds. The report also said he provided her with a cell phone of her own, upon which he allegedly sent her illicit text messages and inappropriate pictures of himself.
Parents told Channel 2 they are upset that a man with prior convictions of statutory rape was allowed to coach tennis in a city park. State records show Sutton spent more than two years in state prisons in the late 1990s on two counts of statutory rape for incidents in Douglas and Coweta counties.