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Ex-Yazoo City coach wanted for child sexual exploitation

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YAZOO CITY, MS (WLBT) – A former Yazoo City private school coach, accused of inappropriate behavior with male students, is a wanted man Monday.

Richard Darden resigned from his job, but students have come forward with claims against him.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Darden on three counts of voyeurism and sexual exploitation of a child.

The former teacher and coach at private Manchester Academy in Yazoo City being investigated for misconduct with male teenage students.

"They involved three male students that are all underage that went to Manchester. Again, as I stated before none of the actions that occurred were on school property," said Yazoo County Sheriff Tommy Vaughn.

WLBT has learned that Darden began his career at Manchester in 1979 and taught various science and economics classes while coaching.

"I have a vested interest in this matter not only as assistant district attorney but all three of my children go to that school," said Yazoo County Assistant D.A. Steven Waldrup.

Waldrup said he and school officials were unaware of Darden's conduct.

"He had him a room in his house where he could peek through where the children were taking a shower, and he got caught," said the Assistant D.A.

Sources tell WLBT that for years Darden invited students to spend the night at his home and targeted mainly male athletes.

Officials said upon learning of the charges against him, Darden contacted his attorney Cynthia Stewart then checked himself into an unnamed treatment facility.

Charlie Raddin of Canton said he was molested by Darden while a student at Manchester in 2000 and is cooperating with the Yazoo County Sheriff's Department.

"Detective Moulder has been very professional and done a great job with this investigation because as you can guess it's a really sensitive issue for me and some of the other guys who experienced those things," said Raddin.

Investigators said they found no evidence that students had been touched or that pictures were taken of them.

The sheriff's department has interviewed about 100 people in this ongoing investigation.

Some claim Darden's abuse dates back decades.

The Assistant District Attorney said Darden should be arrested in a couple of weeks when he is released from treatment.

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