SJ-O coach arrested for having sex with students 6 to 10 years ago

SJ-O coach arrested for having sex with students 6 to 10 years ago

ST. JOSEPH — A teacher and coach at St. Joseph-Ogden High School has been charged with criminal sexual assault for allegedly having sex with female students about a decade ago.

Lt. Ed Ogle said Jon A. Jamison, 33, of Fairmount, turned himself in to sheriff's investigators on Tuesday after a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Effective Tuesday, he was placed on administrative leave with pay, according to St. Joseph-Ogden school Superintendent Jim Acklin.

"On Jan. 31, we received information that Jamison had been having inappropriate contact with high school students at St. Joseph-Ogden High School. We got information he had sexual contact with at least three female students. They are now out of school, having graduated," said Ogle, adding that the girls were 17 or younger at the time.

"We believe the first incidents occurred during 2002 or 2003 and the latest incident occurred in the fall of 2006.

"Aside from contact of a sexual nature, he also allegedly bought and allowed illegal consumption of alcohol for these minors," Ogle said.

Ogle said police got their information from a local attorney who got it from a client.

"From that, we developed other information that he had also been involved with other people," he said.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said she filed a two-count information against Jamison Tuesday alleging sexual contact with two girls, one in 2003 and the other in 2006.

"Only two have spoken to us at this point," she said. The girl involved in the 2003 case allegedly met with Jamison at his home. The contact with the girl in 2006 occurred both at his home and the St. Joseph-Ogden bus garage, Rietz said.

The law allows charges to be brought against a person for 20 years after the victim turns 18, Rietz said.

Judge Holly Clemons issued an arrest warrant with a $100,000 bond. Jamison posted 10 percent in cash and was released from custody. He is expected to make an appearance in court this afternoon.

If convicted of the Class 1 felony, Jamison faces penalties ranging from probation to four to 15 years in prison.

Jamison, who graduated from the high school in 1996, started work for the school in 2001 as a bus driver for sporting events, Acklin said.

He's held a number of positions over the years since then, Acklin said, including bus driver, special education teacher's aide, girls' basketball coach, and cross country and track coach. Jamison began as a full-time certified special education teacher this school year, said Acklin, who coached Jamison on the cross country team when Jamison was in high school.

"The first priority here at St. Joseph-Ogden High School has always been and will always be the safety of our students," said Acklin, who said he was first made aware of the allegations late Monday afternoon.

Acklin said Jamison was sent home that day and did not go to practice. His paid leave was effective Tuesday morning, Acklin said.

Jamison is from Ogden and graduated from Danville Area Community College and the University of Tennessee. He is married.

Ogle said his detectives have interviewed him and three girls, but he declined to elaborate on what any of them said. Under the law, children 17 and under are unable to give knowing consent to sexual relations with an adult in a position of trust or authority.


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allergic to stupid wrote on February 08, 2012 at 9:02 am

Not to excuse the behavior at all because its wrong, but why did it take the victims so long to come forward? Is there really not a statute of limitations on this?

Mary Schenk wrote on February 08, 2012 at 10:02 am

Can't answer the why question but statute of limitations for prosecution is 20 years from when the victim turns 18.

Chambanian wrote on February 08, 2012 at 10:02 am

It's because he was in "a position of trust." Otherwise the statute is a few years after the minor turns 18.

Life Lover wrote on February 08, 2012 at 10:02 am

It sounds like they may have been willing participants, so they didn't report him. His position is the problem. My question is : I have a 16 year old neighbor with a 23 year old boyfriend. Can she charge him 10 years later? are her parents guilty of anything allowing this?

allergic to stupid wrote on February 08, 2012 at 11:02 am

Thats exactly what it sounds like to me. Willing participants.

jmh910 wrote on February 08, 2012 at 11:02 am

If you'd ever been the victim of sexual abuse, you wouldn't be asking 'why did it take so long'.

You have no idea what kind of psychological impact this has on a person and how hard it is to EVER come forward at all. 

allergic to stupid wrote on February 08, 2012 at 11:02 am

I never said I was a victim of abuse did I? Simple question, why did they wait so long to come forward, and why did they all of a sudden come forward now? After all thsi time? I never excused his behavior did I? No I did not.

jmh910 wrote on February 08, 2012 at 11:02 am

My point was that ONLY A VICTIM OF ABUSE WOULD UNDERSTAND WHY IT TOOK THEM SO LONG TO COME FORWARD. I never insinuated that you were a victim of abuse or that you thought his behavior was excusable.

There is no easy answer as to why this kind of behavior isn't reported immediately.  Fear, shame, whatever you want to call it, people who are on the 'victim' end of this situation bear a huge psychological toll that is hard to deal with.  A lot of people don't want to come foward for fear that they'll be called liars or no one will believe them.

allergic to stupid wrote on February 08, 2012 at 11:02 am

ok? Point is they werent complaining when he was supplying booze for them were they? Where were the parents of these minor children when they were out meeting him at the bus garage and his house than coming home drunk? So for all these years they were so psychologically damaged from this they graduated school, and than one day just decided to come forward? After all these years all they have is one word against another, and if they are telling the truth how many more victims are there from the multiple positions he held.

123NewsGazette wrote on February 08, 2012 at 11:02 am

Thank you for pointing this out. Everyone is just asking why they didnt come forward sooner, there could be lots of reasons, thats not the issue at hand. Im glad they came forward at all to stop this from happening to other young girls.

Seriously. wrote on February 08, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Why do people wait so long to come forward in this type of situation?

Because you grow up and you realize that the "person of authority" broke the law when you were at your most impulsive and irrational. Then you think about the stupid things you did and how they have impacted your life and just how creepy this is. Maybe it's because you have a child of your own, or a young woman in your family who is at the age you were then and you cringe to think of something like that happening to her. Maybe it's because you mention how guilty you still feel to a friend or co-worker and they remind you that all teenagers are stupid and that adults are supposed to know better.

Then you hear about other young women who have made the same dumb mistakes you made...with the same person. Then it occurs to you that these sort of patterns made this person something of a predator who continued to have "extra-curricular activities" with high school students until he was 27, allegedly. That not only did he likely do some impulsive things of his own, but he also participated in premeditated actions which kind of washes away any of the "he couldn't help himself" arguments. Then you have an overwhelming feeling of EWWW and you think it would be wise to make sure this type of thing isn't still happening, because the overwhelming feelings of stupidity and guilt are suffocating, and NO ONE should have to feel that way.

But that's just a guess.

Fromthearea wrote on February 08, 2012 at 12:02 pm

How typically sexist. "She was asking for it".  Greeeeeeat.

Urbanagirl2 wrote on February 08, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I will not pass judegement or pick sides until I know more facts. I will say that this case will be hard to prove considering that after 6-10 years all physical evidence is gone. Back them FB, picture phones & texting where not as popular today to document our every step in life. It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out. 
If the allegations are true, I feel for the girls
If they are not, then a man's repuation & family are ruined. 
There really are no "winners" in this case

think logically wrote on February 08, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Where in this article does it say the victims came forward?  Is it possible the victims were sought out by police?  THINK LOGICALLY!!!!

SHKK04 wrote on February 08, 2012 at 3:02 pm

"Ogle said police got their information from a local attorney who got it from a client."