Albert Lea High School Counselor and Coach Accused of Criminal Sexual Conduct, Has Been Fired

A counselor and basketball coach at Albert Lea High School has been fired amid charges of criminal sexual conduct.

Richard Polley, head girls’ basketball coach, was arrested earlier this month and on Monday, he was terminated during a school board meeting.

Superintendent Dr. Mike Funk said in a statement, “The inappropriate behaviors of Mr. Polley impacted many in our school community.  Students, staff and athletes have been affected by his actions, some severely.  We encourage those in need to work with our high school administration so we can provide resources to support them.”

Court documents state that Polley started a relationship with a teenage student that began with them speaking at school and then to them eventually communicating with Snapchat.  Investigators say the victim eventually went to Polley’s home and had sex with him.