A Lawton High School teacher and football coach is accused of showing pornography from his cellphone as well as allowing other disturbing acts in his classroom.

Kalin Anfernee Sadler, 23, of Lawton, made his initial appearance Tuesday in Comanche County District Court where he was charged with a misdemeanor count of acts resulting in gross injury, court records indicate. The crime is punishable by a fine up to $500 and/or imprisonment in the county jail for up to a year.

Sadler is accused of displaying obscene material on his cellphone to minor students at Lawton High School between Oct. 1-31, according to the charge.

Lawton Public Schools Police Lt. Josh Seely was notified Dec. 9 by Vice Principal Chad Kirchen regarding complaints from students about an incident that happened in Sadler’s class. According to the court affidavit, two students complained that Sadler curses at the students and they curse back, that he vapes in class and that he’d threatened that if anyone told on him, “he would make it come back on them.”

Sadler is accused of also showing nude photos from his phone to students in class and made untoward sexual comments, according to the affidavit. He’s also accused of telling sex stories in class. Students also claimed that he’s shown video of himself engaged in sexual activity. Other students offered similar information to police.

Seely spoke with Sadler on Dec. 10. He denied all the allegations and said he couldn’t understand why anyone would make the allegations “because all of his students respected him,” the affidavit states. He also said he never showed pictures of his girlfriend although, Seely said, he’d never mentioned they were photos of his girlfriend. Sadler agreed to take a polygraph test. He also allowed a search of his phone. Sadler was then told he was being suspended from his position and that he was not to have any contact with students or school staff.

A data dump of Sadler’s phone revealed several inappropriate photos and videos. Seely said the complaining students were shown cropped images showing the females and they recognized them from the incidents described, the affidavit states.

A Dec. 13 interview with Sadler was again met with denials he had committed any of the alleged acts in the classroom. Sadler claimed that the students may have been able to identify his girlfriend from presentations made in class that used benign photos of her and said he would “never do anything like what he’s being accused of,” according to the affidavit. He blamed other teachers of being jealous of his rapport with the students and was “talking himself up and stating how wrong and immoral it would be to show photos of nudes to students,” Seely said. The investigator said Sadler never “gave a legitimate answer to any of the questions asked and kept stating over and over how (complainant) was one of his problem children.”

Another student told Seely the complainants had made up the story “to get out of trouble.” One of the complaining students was brought back in and, after being confronted with the repercussions of making a false statement, and again said it was all true.

A polygraph test was conducted on Sadler on Dec. 18 and it was determined that Sadler “failed his polygraph miserably,” the affidavit states. He continued to deny the allegations but later said “maybe he had opened a Face Time with his girlfriend and that she had sent him a photo” the students had seen but he continued to deny the allegations.

Seely told Sadler that he had enough probable cause to file criminal charges and Sadler finally admitted to showing one of the complaining students video of him engaged in a sexual act but said it was the only time it had happened and he’d only shown two seconds of it, according to the affidavit. He told Seely “he was off his meds at the time he showed the video.”

About 15 minutes later, Sadler returned and recanted his confession to Seely. He said he lied because “he wanted to give us what we wanted to hear,” the affidavit states. He said he would go to court to fight the allegations “because he is not that guy,” Seely said.

A 2015 graduate of Lawton High School, Sadler was part of the Wolverines football team that reached the Class 6A-II state championship game in 2014. He was an all-state, all-district and all-conference performer at Lawton High School. He then attended Abilene Christian University where he played for the football team as a wide receiver. He joined Lawton High School as a teacher and football coach at the beginning of this school year.

Lawton Public Schools has not confirmed if Sadler remains employed by the district.

Released on an own recognizance bond, Sadler is scheduled to return to court in April for presentation for the misdemeanor jury docket.

Written by Scott Rains: srains@swoknews.com.

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