Former Clear Creek Amana Softball coach charged with sexual abuse of student 15 years ago
TIFFIN, Iowa (KCRG) - A former Clear Creek Amana softball coach is charged with having sex with a student-athlete 15 years ago, when she was just 15.
James Anthony White was arrested Sunday on two counts each of third-degree sexual abuse and sexual exploitation by a school employee.
According to a criminal complaint, a woman reported in March 2022 that she and White had engaged in a sexual relationship when she was a freshman on White’s softball team. The district issued a statement noting White had resigned effective this past June - he had also coached wrestling, cross country and track. He was an assistant for the Solon baseball team until the season ended last month. Solon said it was unaware of any investigation into White until news of his arrest Monday.
Investigators say the victim described two specific instances when the two had sex, once while she was a freshman, the unidentified victim says White instructed her to drive out to a rural road in Johnson County where they had sex in White’s car. The other time happened in 2007 at White’s home while his wife was away at a softball tournament. The victim was 15 at the time.
In the complaint, police describe White’s behavior would “indicate the defendant engaged in a pattern, practice and/or scheme of sexual misconduct”. The victim also described White as “grooming” her at the time. The Johnson County Sheriff Brad Kunkel said it’s unclear if there are any other victims but said this arrest should encourage any victim of sexual assault to come forward, regardless of how much time has passed.
White coached Clear Creek Amana from 1995 to 2012, leading the Clippers to 6 state titles, before he left for Solon in 2013. He resigned there in 2017 with his wife taking over at the time. It is unclear when he had returned to Clear-Creek Amana before resigning this past June.
Statement from Clear Creek-Amana School District:
“The Clear Creek Amana Community School District(CCACSD) is aware of the arrest of Jim White for having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student over 15 years ago. Jim White, a former teacher and coach at Clear Creek Amana High School, resigned from CCA in June, 2022. The school district is fully cooperating with investigators and cannot comment any further. These actions are intolerable and not representative of CCA HighSchool or CCACSD employee standards of conduct. Any allegations of improper behavior are taken seriously, thoroughly investigated and punished to the fullest extent of the law. We continue to work diligently to maintain a safe school environment for every student and staff member.”
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