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PALMYRA, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania high school softball coach played drinking games with students, provided them alcohol and belittled those who wouldn't drink, police said in an affidavit.

The now-suspended Kathy Wicker was arraigned Tuesday on charges of supplying alcohol to minors, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children.

The 41-year-old Palmyra Area High School coach is free on $5,000 unsecured bail pending a May 14 preliminary hearing, ( reported. School board member Ralph Duquette said a vote on Wicker's termination is scheduled for the same day.

"It is disappointing that a coach at (Palmyra Area High School) would allow herself to get into this type of predicament at the expense of her team's athletes," Duquette said.

According to the affidavit, Palmyra Borough police met with school officials and a parent of a student on April 13. The parent said her daughter told her that Wicker had been giving alcohol to the high school softball team while they were at her home. She said Wicker went to parties involving underage drinking, drank with students and helped them to lie to their parents so they could attend parties.

The Associated Press left a telephone message to Wicker's lawyer but did not hear back immediately.

Palmyra Area School District Superintendent Lisa Brown has not responded to several requests for comment.

School board President Christopher Connell also couldn't immediately be reached for comment.


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