New information on sex charges against long time W. Mich. educator

Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - We're uncovering disturbing information about a longtime West Michigan coach and educator charged with multiple sex crimes involving children.

Newschannel 3 broke the story back on July 12th, when our cameras caught David Wing being led out of his Three Rivers home in handcuffs, and police sifting through his belongings.

Michigan State Police tell us Wing has been under investigation half a dozen times throughout his career in multiple school districts, and the same concerns kept coming up.

Police say records show Wing was praised for his classroom skills, but reprimanded for taking an inappropriate interest in some of his male students.

Newschannel 3 uncovered David Wing was reprimanded and suspended by school officials in both Three Rivers and Constantine.

State Police tell us that's because while he worked there, he invited young boys to come over to his house and he would take them on vacation and sporting events alone.

While at Three Rivers schools in the late 90's, police say Wing was investigated by the athletic director after a student athlete claimed Wing pulled down his pants while they were wrestling.

Police say records show no disciplinary action was taken, and the boy quit the basketball team.

Records show another Three Rivers parent claimed Wing had her son take off his pants before he was weighed at his house.

And then there was an incident involving a Three River's seventh-grader, police say records show Wing had the boy take off his clothes at his house as part of a "scientific study."

We reached out to the superintendents of the school district's Wing worked for.

Only current Three Rivers Superintendent Jean Logan gave us this statement.

"David Wing was an employee of Three Rivers Community Schools prior to my employment with the district. The information on file has been forwarded to the authorities. This information includes reports from administrators at that time about expected professional behaviors with students and follow-up reports on what occurred. As educators, we are often presented with difficult situations that do not always have a clear solution. My thoughts are with the families impacted by these allegations, and I am keeping them in my thoughts."

Police tell us school records don't give any reason as to why Wing left Three Rivers, Hillsdale and Marcellus.

Police say Wing has denied all the sexual allegations, but admitted to having students over, despite warnings from school officials.

We reached out to St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough for comment, he says he's confident police will do a thorough investigation.

He tells us Wing's preliminary hearing, scheduled for this Thursday has been postponed until all the facts are gathered to be brought out in court.

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