Cheer Coach Accused of Inappropriate Contact with Minor Student | Athletic Business

Cheer Coach Accused of Inappropriate Contact with Minor Student

A cheerleading coach in Georgia working for private companies is accused of child molestation, according to the Merced Sun-Star.

James Everett Sisson, 49, was arrested on “charges of child molestation and criminal attempt,” the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. The alleged offenses occurred while he was coaching, officials said. 

“Investigators acting on a tip found evidence alleging the 49-year-old Sisson had inappropriate contact with an underage female while working as a cheerleading coach with Culprit Athletics,” officials said. “Sisson is known to work with young students to coach them with cheerleading and tumbling exercise skills.”

Sisson was arrested Tuesday at Culprit Cheer in Ringgold where he worked as an instructor.

On Wednesday, a day after Sisson’s arrest, officials said that Catoosa investigators have heard from many concerned parents, WDEF-TV reported

“At this point we have inappropriate contact, inappropriate touching, inappropriate statements being made,” Detective Clay Thompson told WDEF-TV. 

Catoosa County is on the Tennessee state line, southeast of Chattanooga. Details of when and where the alleged incidents took place were not released. 

The Sun-Star reported that Culprit Athletics doesn’t have Sisson listed as a staff member on its website. The company says it has at least three locations: Dalton and Ringgold in Georgia and just across the state line in Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Sisson has worked at other private coaching facilities in the area and the sheriff’s office is asking “anyone with information that could help our investigation,” to contact the department.

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