Cromwell coach accused of sex crimes


CROMWELL, Okla. – A small town Oklahoma coach is now facing felony criminal charges for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old student.

Russell Walden, 36, was the athletic director and coach of several sports at Butner High School in Cromwell.

He turned himself in to police Tuesday after being charged with three felony counts for sexual battery, child sex abuse and child abuse by sexual exploitation.

The criminal charges alleged in the probable cause affidavit include allegations of kissing, inappropriate text messages and a planned rendezvous for sex with the victim, who is a junior at Butner High School.

The coach resigned from his post this week.

His wife, who has filed for divorce, is also a district employee, the high school principal.

The family lived in a house on school grounds.

Walden moved out after the allegations surfaced.

“There have been a lot of allegations made, a lot of rumors and innuendo that just simply are not true,” Walden’s defense attorney, Ed Blau, said. “We’re going to fight this in the courtroom.”

The victim filed a Victim Protection Order on Monday.

Walden is out of the Seminole County Jail on a $100,000 bond.