Investigators say a former softball coach for a Delaware County Christian school surrendered to police today on charges that she had a sexual relationship with a player.
An arrest warrant was issued for Lana Trotter, 27, on Wednesday. She is facing several charges including sexual assault and corruption of minors.
Police say the girl’s parents found out about the alleged affair after discovering “inappropriate” text messages between the teen and Trotter on a cell phone hidden in the girl’s room, according to court documents.
The alleged victim, who was 16 at the time, told her parents that she had been sexually active with Trotter for a “few years”, according to court documents. The teen said that she met Trotter in the Spring of 2011 while she was employed at the Delaware County Christian School located at 462 Malin Road in Newtown Township.
The teen told police that Trotter and her became friends, talked on the phone regularly, and hung out socially after school and softball games. Police say at some point during that time the teen lost her cell phone privileges at home. According to court documents, Trotter purchased an Iphone for the girl to text and talk with her after school hours. The girl’s parents told police that they did not know about the phone.
The alleged victim says that in the Fall of 2011 Trotter began telling her that she “cared about her a lot” and that she “loved her”, according to court documents. The girl told police that the relationship then progressed from kissing to sexual contact, police say. According to court documents the girl told police that the incidents usually occurred when she was being driven home from school or practices, at the teen’s home, and at Trotter’s residence.
Trotter was arraigned and released after posting $50,000 bail. She is scheduled to appear court for a preliminary hearing on September 19, according to police.