Brandon Rousey says he is ashamed of his behavior and will regret it for the rest of his life.

The 23-year-old former assistant coach and AmeriCorps volunteer at Madison Middle School is accused of sending sexually suggestive text messages to a 13-year-old girl. He was arrested last week, charged with the unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other activities.

Police said Rousey sent more than 100 text messages to at least one student, in which he asked for sexual favors.

Rousey admitted Monday that he exchanged inappropriate text messages with a female student, but said he is not guilty of the crime he is accused of.

In a statement released by his attorney, Wes Browne, Rousey said the charge devastated his family and the family of the young girl.

“Nothing inappropriate took place between this student and me except the text messages,” he said in his statement.

Browne said Rousey decided to release a statement to the media because he wanted to “clear things up.”

“There has been speculation that more than one student was involved in this,” Rousey’s statement reads. “So that parents of other students do not continue to be alarmed, I want to clarify. Although a couple of other students sent me one or two text messages, they were not of the same nature and it did not continue.”

Police are investigating whether other students were sent inappropriate messages.

In his statement, Rousey apologized to the student, her family and his family.

He said his attorney will defend him, but “I will accept the blame for what I really did.”

The statement was released Monday just after Rousey appeared in Madison District Court for arraignment on the charge. During the very brief meeting in front of Judge Earl-Ray Neal, Rousey waived his right to arraignment and a preliminary hearing.

Neal moved to send the case to a Madison County grand jury.

Sheriff Nelson O’Donnell said the sheriff’s department began investigating a parent’s complaint against Rousey made on Nov. 16. Officers located him at about 3:30 p.m. the next day, on Sara Lee Drive in Richmond, and took him to the sheriff’s office for questioning.

After the interview, Rousey was arrested and lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.

He posted bail last week.

Rousey was working in the middle school through Eastern Kentucky University’s AmeriCorps program.

The Madison County School District often contracts with AmeriCorps to provide volunteers in the schools, said Erin Stewart, community education director with the district.

Superintendent Tommy Floyd said last week in a statement that the district is investigating the incident and will take appropriate action pending the investigation.

“While Madison County Schools cannot comment on confidential student and staff information, I would like to be clear that the safety and well-being of each of our students is a paramount responsibility that we take very seriously,” he said.

Floyd also said the incident in no way reflects the nature of the district’s collaboration with AmeriCorps and other partnerships.

“Madison County Schools would like to emphasize that collaboration and partnerships with Eastern Kentucky University programs such as AmeriCorps and methods classes are not new to the district,” Floyd said. “We greatly value those partnerships as they provide additional learning and instructional opportunities for Madison County students. I would like to be clear that this incident in no way reflects the true nature of the partnerships Madison County Schools shares with EKU. Those partnerships are very beneficial to our students and our staff.”

In his statement, Rousey apologized to “everyone at Madison Middle School, especially my students and the kids I coached, I am so sorry.”

“I am sorry for the embarrassment I caused the Madison County Board of Education,” he said. “I am also sorry to the EKU AmeriCorps program.”

Lorie Love can be reached at llove@richmondregister.com or 624-6690.

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