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Former Columbia coach pleads guilty to marijuana charges


ELYRIA — Former Columbia High School boys basketball Coach Matt Sheets pleaded guilty to attempted trafficking in marijuana and offenses involving a minor.

Sheets entered the plea to amended charges Thursday. He originally was charged with trafficking in marijuana and offenses involving a minor after he provided beer to a 19-year-old former student at the school in exchange for sexual favors.

Sheets, 31, who also served as a social studies teacher during his three years with Columbia Schools before he was terminated, did not have the student in his class. He was arrested March 22 after the girl’s mother found text messages from Sheets on her daughter’s phone and messages on Facebook.

In the exchange of messages, the girl reportedly wrote to Sheets on Facebook that she would send pictures of herself — asking if he preferred nude shots or photos of her in a bra — if he gave her beer and “bud,” a slang term for marijuana.

Evidence obtained from a search warrant indicated that he and the girl met at a bar Oct. 12, 2012, and they engaged in oral sex. Prior to the meeting, the teen asked Sheets to bring marijuana with him and he replied that, “You would have to be real nice.”

Sheets admitted to providing the teen with beer, but he denied giving her marijuana. He will be sentenced at a later date.

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