Industrial school coach, wife accused of felony theft

Amber Aldaco By Amber Aldaco

Dec. 27, 2017 at 10:06 p.m.
Updated Dec. 27, 2017 at 10:14 p.m.

Wesley McGinnis

Wesley McGinnis   contributed photo for The Victoria Advocate

An Industrial High School coach has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year after being accused of felony theft.

Wesley McGinnis and his wife, Stephanie Johnson McGinnis, both of Edna, were arrested Nov. 22 on grand jury indictments of first-degree felony theft. According to the indictments, both were charged with first-degree felony theft of more than $200,000 from J&J Pipe Line Supply Inc. and Janssen Lease Service Inc., both Ganado businesses.

The indictment lists Billy Janssen as the owner of both businesses. The theft began Nov. 18, 2009, and continued until Nov. 18, 2016, according to the indictment.

Wesley McGinnis is a teacher and coach at Industrial High School. He has taught history and geography and is the powerlifting coach and golf coach, according to his biography on the school district's website.

The undated biography also states that his wife is employed as the chief financial officer with Janssen Lease Service.

Company officials with Janssen Lease Service Inc. were unavailable Wednesday for comment.

Paul Darilek, superintendent of the Industrial Independent School District, said in a prepared statement that Wesley McGinnis was placed on unpaid administrative suspension for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year.

The suspension was approved by school board members during a Dec. 11 meeting.

Darilek declined to comment further about the matter, citing personnel confidentiality in an ongoing investigation.

Both Wesley McGinnis and Stephanie McGinnis were arrested and booked into Jackson County Jail on Nov. 22 and both posted $50,000 bonds the same day.

Jackson County District Attorney Pam Guenther was unavailable Wednesday for comment.


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