Teacher accused of sex crimes resigns

Teacher accused of sex crimes resigns

ST. JOSEPH — A St. Joseph-Ogden High School teacher and coach accused of sexual impropriety with former students has resigned.

Superintendent Jim Acklin said he received a letter Friday morning from Jon Jamison saying he was resigning from his positions effective immediately, citing only "personal reasons."

Acklin said Jamison's letter was dated Feb. 9. It followed by a day the filing of two counts of felony criminal sexual assault against Jamison, 33, of Fairmount, alleging that he had sex with two different female students in 2003 and 2006.

Jamison, a 1996 graduate of the high school, had worked there since 2001 in a variety of roles.

Acklin said he has secured a long-time substitute teacher to step into Jamison's post in the special education department, a bus driver to take over Jamison's routes, and a retired teacher who will coach track.

Retired St. Joseph Grade School teacher John McDannald will coach track through the end of this school year.

"He is still coaching junior high cross-country even though he is retired from teaching. He hasn't coached track for a while so his springs are free, so to speak.

"He's very graciously agreed to get us through this. That's huge," said Acklin.

McDannald's coaching position is a part-time post for which he will be paid. His hiring needs the approval of the school board, said Acklin.

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