GONZALES — Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a Gonzales boys basketball coach on allegations of sending sexually explicit text messages to a 15-year-old girl.
Adrian Steib Jr., 26, was the coach of a 15-and-younger boys team with the Louisiana Jaguars, a nonprofit Amateur Athletic Union program in Gonzales.
Travis Turner, president of the Louisiana Jaguars AAU program, said Thursday that Steib was no longer a coach with the organization.
The program does not have girls teams, but Sheriff’s Maj. Kevin Hanna said the girl whom Steib solicited had attended games where Steib was coaching.
Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said in a news release Thursday that Steib, 43026 Cypress Bend Road, Gonzales, was booked Wednesday into the Ascension Parish Prison near Donaldsonville on counts of computer-aided solicitation of a minor and indecent behavior with a juvenile.
Steib was released from jail Wednesday after posting a $10,000 bail set by Judge Alvin Turner Jr., of the 23rd Judicial District Court, Wiley said.
Hanna said detectives opened the investigation into Steib about a week ago after the girl’s parents filed a complaint when the mother found the text messages on her daughter’s cellphone.
Wiley described the contents of the texts as “strong sexually explicit comments.”
Hanna noted that in the current day of social media and cellphones, the girl’s parents were checking their child’s activity on the Internet.
Hanna added that Steib’s messages were sent to the girl’s phone over the course of one day and that the girl was not a consenting participant.
Travis Turner, who is an Ascension Parish councilman and the son of Judge Alvin Turner, said Thursday his organization had not received complaints from parents about Steib.
Hanna said Steib had no prior criminal history.
The Louisiana Jaguars have multiple all-star-like teams of youths who are high school age and travel for competitions. The program draws youths from several parishes.
The Amateur Athletic Union is a nationwide, nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs, according to its website.
Editor's note: This story was altered at 9:30 a.m. on June 19, 2015, to remove reports that Steib sent inappropriate photos to the girl. The Sheriff's Office says a news release sent the the media Thursday included that incorrect information.