Topsail High track coach charged with human trafficking of a child

PENDER COUNTY -- A Topsail High School track and field coach was arrested this week after reportedly soliciting a 14-year-old former student for sex.

Ahmad Garrison, 27, of Holly Ridge is charged with one count of human trafficking of a child victim and one count of soliciting a child by a computer, according to Pender County jail records. In a news release Friday, Pender County Sheriff's Office Capt. James Rowell wrote that deputies arrested Garrison on Thursday when he attempted to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex.

The sheriff's office began investigating Garrison when the girl's parents contacted authorities after finding inappropriate Instagram messages sent between their daughter and Garrison. The girl was a former Topsail High School student, Rowell wrote.

"Investigators also charged Garrison with human trafficking when allegations were made in which Garrison offered to take the victim to Charlotte and have her perform sex acts for money," he wrote.

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