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A former track coach at a Davie high school appeared in bond court Thursday after he was arrested and charged with molesting a 15-year-old student. Matthew Love, 40, the former track coach at University School, was arrested Wednesday and charged with three counts of lewd or lascivious molestation, jail records showed. Davie Police Capt. Dale Engle told NBC 6 authorities were looking for the man for the last year.
A former track coach at a Davie high school appeared in bond court Thursday after he was arrested and charged with molesting a 15-year-old student.
Matthew Love, 40, the former track coach at University School, was arrested Wednesday and charged with three counts of lewd or lascivious molestation, jail records showed.
During his appearance in court Thursday, Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley set Love's bond at $30,000 and ordered him not to have contact with the female victim. He'll also have to wear a GPS monitor, won't be allowed within 500 feet of the school and won't be allowed to coach when he posts bond, Hurley ordered.
Love told Hurley his attorney was out of the country until Saturday.
According to a Davie Police arrest report, the molestations began in March 2011, when Love "became too friendly, and too touchy," with the girl.
On two occasions, Love took the girl from her PE class for "rehab," and would start stretching her leg on a beach near a shed on the soccer field, the report said.
While he was stretching her, Love would "inappropriately" touch the girl's breasts under her shirt, the report said.
According to the report, the girl told Love "Don't touch!" and pulled her arms in close so he wouldn't touch her again. The girl told police that no one could see them by the shed and she was the only one going for stretching due to a hamstring injury.
On a third occasion, Love did the same thing on the day of a track meet, this time in a training room, the report said. He later sent her a text message saying "U can massage me next time Lol," the report said.
According to the report, the girl didn't report the incidents in March because she was in "shock." In April 2011, she was brought to the Davie Police Department by her parents to give a sworn taped statement about the molestation.
Fort Lauderdale Police spokeswoman DeAnna Garcia said the department's career criminal unit, working with the U.S. Marshalls Florida Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force. took Love into custody Wednesday.
Investigators had been looking for him for about the last year.
“Yeah, we were not able to make contact with him or pick him up immediately, but it does – eventually the law will catch up to you and you’ll be held accountable for the crimes that you commit," Davie Police Capt. Dale Engle said.
A spokesman for University School didn't immediately return calls or emails for comment Thursday.