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Softball Coach Accused of Sending Team to Find Him Dates

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- A high school softball coach has resigned after he was accused of using his team of girls to find him dates.

Troy Hennum submitted his resignation to Seattle Public Schools on Friday, officials said, after his dating scavenger hunt was brought to their attention by a woman who said she was targeted for a date.

Kat Aagard, 25, said she was flattered when a group of giggling girls from Roosevelt High School came into the sporting goods store where she works.

“They asked me if they could get my phone number and picture for their coach,” she told ABC News.

What Aagard didn’t know was that the girls’ coach, Hennum, had allegedly sent them out to find him possible dates.

“I wasn’t sure what to think at first,” she said.

Aagard shared text messages with ABC News that she said were sent by Hennum. The sender confessed right away to using the female players to help him find dates.

“Right? Genius. Great way to meet a girl. Use my girls. LOL,” the sender wrote.

Aagard carried on the text conversation for more than an hour, even complimenting him when he said he teaches special education.

“He seemed like a nice enough guy for a while,” Aagard said.

She had a change of heart, she said, after she searched for Hennum online and found articles about his departure from another school in nearby Lake Washington.

The Lake Washington School District reportedly found no cause to discipline Hennum for texting a student in an April 2012 incident, but he was not on staff the next season.

“I was completely … shocked to see something inappropriate happened with this coach before,” Aagard said.

She decided to report him to the principal of Roosevelt High School.

Aagard told ABC News’ Seattle affiliate KOMO-TV that Hennum called her to apologize.

“I want to call and, first off, sincerely apologize for any inconvenience myself or the team caused you,” he allegedly said in a voicemail.

Hennum did not respond to a request from ABC News for comment.

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Florida Con Artist Asks Woman for Date, Robs Her Home

Comstock/Thinkstock(CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.) -- Lonely hearts be warned, police are looking for a con artist who asked an 18-year-old woman on a lunch date and allegedly arranged for someone to rob her home while they ate.

The suspect also stuck the woman with the bill for lunch and walked away with her cellphone, police said.

Investigators believe the woman may not be the pair’s only victim, and are asking other women who may have been duped to come forward. Police distributed a photo of the suspect.

The victim, whom police did not identify, said her date’s name was Florenciano Valentino, whom she met at a party. He asked her to a lunch Feb. 25 at an Applebee’s restaurant in Coral Springs, Fla.

Police say after she agreed and Valentino learned her parents were out of town, he coordinated with his partner to rob the teenager’s house. Over $5,000 worth of electronics were stolen, including an iPad and laptop computer, police said.

As the teenager waited at the restaurant, Valentino and his partner were captured on surveillance cameras exploring the outside of her home before driving to meet her, according to police. Valentino kept in contact with his partner throughout the meal by borrowing his date’s iPhone to make the calls, according to police reports.

When his partner said he was finished burglarizing the home, Valentino asked to use her phone one last time, police said. According to the police, he then pocketed the phone, exited the restaurant and left his victim to pay the bill.

Police said they tracked down the number Valentino was calling to a prepaid cell phone registered to the name “Thomas L.”

“We think he got to know her and found the opportunity and took advantage of her,” Joe McHugh, the public information officer for the Coral Springs Police Department, told ABC News. “It was a well-organized con.”

McHugh says that the nature of the robbery and the coordination involved leads police to suspect that the pair were con men who had done this before.

“It’s a very orchestrated plan,” said McHugh.

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