Friday, February 13, 2009
A Wichita high school teacher and coach is the center of a criminal investigation. He is accused of sex acts with a student.
The man has already been fired by the district and now police are looking to see if he committed a crime.
Rumors of sex acts between a coach and a student swirled through the halls of North High over the past few weeks and eventually caught the attention of the principal.
"The principal of the school had been in contact with one of the sergeants prior to the report being made which actually led to the report," said Wichita Police Lt. TK Bridges.
The accusations against the 26-year-old former substitute teacher and girls basketball coach are two-fold. That he made inappropriate comments to a 15-year-old student and possibly engaged in some sort of sex acts with her.
When word got out USD 259 did an investigation and, while it didn't find evidence of "criminal contact", the district still fired the coach. The district's spokesperson says she cannot comment any further citing personnel issues. The matter was then turned over to police for a criminal investigation.
"So at this juncture we're at the very onset of this thing. The case has been assigned to a detective. We'll interview the parties involved. We'll see if we can get through all of it and get to the bottom of it," said Bridges.
Police can't go into details of what the exact allegations against the coach are. They also don't have information yet on just how many alleged incidents there were between him and the student.