CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Former Bridgeport High School football coach Joshua Nicewarner pleaded guilty to two of three felony charges of which he was indicted by a Harrison County Grand Jury in January.
Nicewarner, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of obscene matter to a minor and one count of soliciting a minor via computer, thus giving up his right to a trial before an impartial jury. A third charge, of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person of trust, was dismissed with prejudice as part of the deal.
“I did knowingly engage with a 14-year-old female in conversations of a sexual nature, as well as sending photos of myself,” Nicewarner said Wednesday before Harrison County Circuit Judge Thomas A. Bedell. “We talked about what she liked and what I liked.”
If sentenced, Nicewarner faces two to 15 years incarceration and a fine up to $30,000. The charge of soliciting a minor via computer holds a prison term of two to 10 years in a penitentiary and a fine of $5,000; distribution of obscene matter to a minor carries a term of up to five years incarceration and a fine up to $25,000.
As part of the plea deal, Nicewarner is required to surrender his teaching certificate and licensing to teach in West Virginia. He must also register for life as a sexual offender.
Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 30. Nicewarner remains on a post-conviction bond.