A former wrestling coach in the Victoria school district was arrested Thursday on a warrant charging him with sexual assault of a child.
James Christopher White, 34, was arrested by the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office after an investigation determined that he had subjected a 16-year-old female student to improper advances and sexually assaulted her, according to a news release from the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office.
White was a wrestling coach assigned to Victoria West High School, although he also coached at the Victoria East High School campus, said Roy Boyd, chief deputy of the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation came after the school district reached out to the sheriff’s office Jan. 30 with concerns of a possible improper relationship between White and a student, the news release said.
Shawna Currie, spokeswoman for VISD, said school officials have cooperated with the investigation.
“When administrators became aware of the allegations against staff member James White, Mr. White was immediately placed on administrative leave,” Currie said in a news release. She also said White is no longer an employee of the school district but was not clear about when White’s employment ended.
White was hired by VISD in August 2018 as a special education teacher and assistant coach, according to the school district’s news release.
“This is a very serious charge, and the Victoria ISD will always act in the best interest of our students’ safety and well-being,” Currie said.
White was booked into the Victoria County Jail on the second-degree felony charge, which carries a maximum punishment of 2 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. His bond is set at $50,000.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with pertinent information is asked to contact the criminal investigations division of the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office at 361-575-0651.
Advocate reporter Amber Aldaco contributed to this report.