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OPD jails Onalaska coach
Polk County Enterprise - May 2008
ONALASKA — On Thursday, May 8, Jimmy Lee Taylor, a former coach and teacher at Onalaska Junior-Senior High School was arrested on three felony charges of indecency with a child and two misdemeanor charges of simple assault by contact, Onalaska Police Chief Ron Gilbert said. Taylor was taken into custody at the Waterwood Golf Course on an arrest warrant based on information learned during investigation that began in March, according to Gilbert. The police chief said the investigation stems from allegations of misconduct involving female students. It is Enterprise policy not to identify the victims of sexual assault. Gilbert added that given the ages of the victims, his department is protecting their identities as well.
Taylor was assigned to teach seventh through 11th grade students in geography, health, U.S. health and athletics. Onalaska ISD Superintendent David Kennedy did not return calls seeking comment Friday. According to Chief Gilbert, Taylor was suspended from his teaching duties in February or March. The alleged incidents under investigation occurred in November and December 2007 before students went on Christmas break. Onalaska Police Department is continuing the investigation to determine why OISD failed to report the incidents. All the victims located during the investigation have been referred to the Polk County District Attorney’s Office Victim Services Coordinator Sherry Sprayberry to help them access any needed recovery services. Sprayberry can be reached at 936- 327-6868. Taylor was released from the Polk County jail Friday on a $10,000 bond.