Youth softball coach arrested for sending inappropriate photos to players

Youth softball coach arrested for sending inappropriate photos to players

DYER COUNTY, TN (WMC) - A Dyersburg youth softball coach is behind bars after sending inappropriate material to his players, according to TBI.

TBI agents said Shawn Braden, a girls' softball coach for BigTyme Athletics in Dyer County, showed and sent inappropriate photographs to underage girls on his team on several occasions in July.

Brader was indicted by a grand jury and faces charges of solicitation of a minor and two counts of soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor by electronic means.

Braden turned himself in to TBI agents Tuesday and was put in jail on a $10,000 bond.

“I think he ought to be accountable and ought to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” said grandparent Barry Hart.

Parents and grandparents in Dyersburg said it’s sickening a coach would be accused of such crimes.

"It’s really shocking to me in this town, but you never know,” said parent Ashleigh Marbrey.

The director of BigTyme Athletics said Braden hasn’t been involved with the program for months and had no further comment.

Braden is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Monday, Oct. 15.

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