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Youth basketball coach who fled state of Florida arrested in Texas

Deputies: David White, 51, awaits extradition back to Brevard County

David White (Photo courtesy of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office).
David White (Photo courtesy of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office).

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A Central Florida youth basketball coach accused of fleeing the state and attempting to enter Mexico to avoid arrest has been captured in Texas, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said.

On Friday, the Sheriff’s Office's GameOver Task Force and the U.S. Mars​hals Service found and arrested David Wayne White, 51, of Malabar, who had an active warrant for arrest concerning lewd and lascivious molestation, according to deputies.

The investigation into White began this month after a juvenile reported that White had engaged in inappropriate activities when the youth spent the night at White's home in Malabar, deputies said.

Agents with BCSO's Special Victim's Unit conducted the investigation and determined White, who has been a long-time basketball coach with the Palm Bay Youth Basketball league, would frequently host sleepovers for his team members and friends of his own children, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The task force has agents assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service who were tracking White, who had fled Florida and was attempting to enter Mexico to avoid apprehension, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Task force members found White at a Texas motel, where he was arrested without incident and taken to a local jail. Deputies said White is being held on a $75,0000 bail and is awaiting extradition back to Brevard County.

"The GameOver Task Force and U.S. Marshals Service are incredible resources for Brevard County and through their efforts, the worst of the worst are tracked down and arrested to prevent further victimization of our citizens," Sheriff Wayne Ivey said.

The Sheriff's Office said it is concerned there may be other victims who have yet to be identified due to the nature of White's alleged activities.

Agents are asking anyone who has information concerning White to call Agent Mary Adams of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Special Victim's Unit at 321-633-8419 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477). Deputies said tipsters can also text "crimeline" plus their tip to CRIME (274637). All information to Crimeline is confidential and tipsters may be eligible for a reward, deputies said.