Coach arrested for soliciting minor
An assistant boys’ basketball coach for Warm Springs Middle School was arrested in Martinsburg on Friday afternoon for electronic
sexual solicitation of a minor.
Keith Randy Kishbaugh, age 30, of Martinsburg was taken into custody at Eagle School Intermediate School, where he is a teacher, based on his fugitive from justice status on felony warrants from Louisa County, Va., according to a West Virginia State Police press release.
His arrest was the result of an undercover online investigation by Louisa County law enforcement personnel in cooperation with the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.
During their investigation, Kishbaugh allegedly engaged multiple times in online sexual solicitation of a minor female that he believed to be age 13, according to the press release.
He was arrested without incident and is still being held at Eastern Regional Jail. An extradition hearing will be held within the week.
Undercover law enforcement personnel across the United States enter online chats and engage individuals that solicit underage females and males for sex, said Sergeant D.E. Boober, of the West Virginia State Police-Crimes Against Children Unit and also the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Boober said their investigation continues locally with forensics on Kishbaugh’s computer. They will try to determine if he had been involved in other similar unreported criminal activities. Boober said he didn’t have the content of the communications between Kishbaugh and the undercover agent.
Boober was assisted in the arrest and investigation by members of the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Task Force, the Martinsburg City Police Department and the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office.
Kishbaugh interviewed for three coaching positions in Morgan County Schools, said School Superintendent David Banks.
He was hired on August 2 as an assistant boys’ basketball coach and also an assistant girls’ basketball coach for Paw Paw High School for the 2011-2012 season, but resigned from those positions mid-August without working as a coach at the school.
Kishbaugh was named assistant boys’ basketball coach at Warm Springs Middle School on November 1, effective beginning November 2. He has never been a teacher in Morgan County Schools, Banks said.
Kishbaugh will no longer be coaching students at Warm Springs Middle School, Banks said.