Former Somerset coach accused of offering money to former student for sex

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SOMERSET, Ky. (WYMT) - A former Somerset High School coach is accused of asking for sex for money from one of his former students.

School officials said Stephen Wallace retired from his job as a teacher and boys' soccer coach last winter. We are also told he coached and taught at other schools in the community.

Authorities said on January 7, Wallace used a fake Facebook Messenger account under the name Sam Jones to contact the teenaged student. He also allegedly contacted the teen's mother to ask her the same thing.

Wallace is accused of telling the student, "I can't make you rich but I can give you $75 per meeting."

He is also accused of saying," I'm not looking for a love-type relationship, I am looking for a trade-off relationship where we both get benefits from each other."

"Kind of mind-blowing. I mean, I couldn't see it coming. There's no way that could ever happen in my mind," said Somerset High School student Payton Burkett. "Steve has always been like a mentor to me. I just don't know what to think at this point."

Strangely enough, according to court records, the teenager's boyfriend pretended to be her and responded to Wallace, saying she was 21, not 17.

Police said Wallace admitted to using the fake account to meet women, but said he never used it to solicit sex for money.

The former coach will appear in Pulaski County Court on May 1st. Before that, there will be a motion hearing to consider bond on April 17.

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