A girls junior varsity basketball coach at Dobson High has been arrested after he allegedly tried to have sexual relations with a 16-year-old player and did so with two 17-year-olds on the team.
According to court documents, 23-year-old Kyler Ashley was arrested on May 16 at Tempe Marketplace, where he believed he was meeting up with the 16-year-old girl.
The documents say Ashley admitted to knowing the girl was only 16 years old, and that he had known her since she was in the eighth grade. He also told police that he had sex with two other 17-year-old players on the team on multiple occasions.
The documents say that each encounter happened in Ashley’s car. One of the girls said that in one instance when they were both in his car, his 1-year-old son was in the back seat. Ashley handed his phone to his son as he began touching the victim inappropriately, according to the documents. The victim said she had to leave, which made him stop.
According to the documents, Ashley began messaging the 16-year-old player through SnapChat from September 2018 up until his arrest. He allegedly told the player that he wanted to have sex with her, and on May 14, asked to meet the girl.
He arrived at Tempe Marketplace on May 16 to find Mesa Police, not the girl, waiting for him.
Ashley was arrested on several charges, including luring a minor for sexual exploitation, sex conduct with a minor and sexual abuse.
According to a statement released by Mesa Public Schools following the arrest, Ashley was hired at Dobson in 2016. He passed a background check performed by the district before he was hired, and had been trained by the Arizona Interscholastic Association on the various responsibilities as a coach.
The district said Ashley also coached the girls’ basketball at Summit Academy, a middle school in Mesa.
“Mesa Public Schools’ first priority is the safety and security of our students,” the district said in a statement following Ashley’s arrest. “Kyler Ashley was a seasonal basketball coach for girls junior varsity at Dobson High School and 7th-grade girls at Summit Academy.
“He did not teach or work in any other capacity for the district.”
Ashley was set to renew his fingerprint clearance card in 2022, according to the district.