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.