'I Just Drive With My Pants Unbuttoned,' Says Girls Soccer Coach Accused Of Public Indecency

David Sharpe, a soccer coach at a high school in Westport, Connecticut, said that he had simply undone his pants for comfort but police say he was touching himself in front of a 16-year-old girl.

By Eric Shorey

A high school girls' soccer coach accused of public indecency has come up with a strange defense. Blaming several incidents in which he is accused of flashing young women on recently gained weight, the athletic instructor told police that people had simply spotted him in his car with his pants undone for comfort.

David Sharpe, 29, a recently-resigned coach at Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut, was charged on Dec. 1 for public indecency and second-degree breach of peace. Police say that Sharpe had driven up to a 16-year-old in Fairfield, Connecticut and masturbated in front of her on Oct. 23. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, a man later identified as Sharpe allegedly pulled up to the teenager in his black Ford Mustang and made eye contact with her while touching himself. The girl told her mother who, in turn, alerted police.

Officers had immediately attempted to find the vehicle described by the girl but could not do so. Later, police were able to trace back the car to Sharpe after it was spotted on a highway.

Police say that a similar incident occurred in Norwalk, Connecticut with a 20-year-old in September. He has only been charged in connection to the October incident.

Both alleged incidents occurred during the school's soccer season, according to USA Today.

Sharpe offered police an explanation of the incidents.

“I’m heavier than I should be right now. I do drive with my jeans unbuttoned a lot because my pants don’t fit me,” Shapre told investigators, according to The Associated Press. “It’s entirely possible I was driving in those areas with my pants unbuttoned. Could I have been exposed? It’s a big possible. Sure all of it’s possible.”

Sharpe resigned from his position at his school after speaking with police.

Sharpe is schedule to appear in court on Dec. 13. He is not in police custody on the promise to appear in court.

[Photo: Fairfield Police Department]

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