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Ex-coach admits using drugs with students

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MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey high school basketball coach has admitted using drugs with a player and three other students.

Adrian Matthew, 29, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of Ecstasy pills, distribution of marijuana, child endangerment and two counts of child abuse. He faces up to 14 years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 19.

Matthew said he and the four students used the drugs in his Moorestown home before a game on Feb. 28.

Matthew, who was arrested March 17, has since been fired, and county officials have said they will seek permanent revocation of his teaching license.

The students, three girls and a boy, were not disciplined by the district, but they were required to attend drug counseling sessions.