Former coach, teacher’s assistant, indicted

Staff report

CLEAR FORK VALLEY — A former wrestling and football coach for the Clear Fork Valley School District has been indicted for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, according to the Richland County Prosecutor’s office.

Marc Wilson, 46, was also a teacher’s assistant in the schools. He was indicted on 12 counts of sexual battery, and inducing panic, a first degree misdemeanor.

The announcement was made by Brandon Pigg, assistant prosecutor.

Pigg said the charges stem from allegations of inappropriate sexual relationship with a student from Oct. 1, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2015. The student participated in some of the sports that Wilson was coaching.

Pigg said the sexual conduct and sexual battery charges are separated by what the relationship with the victim was on specific dates.

“He’s charged under two different sections of sexual battery, one as far as being a coach and one as being in a teacher position,” Pigg added.

“There’s sexual battery with someone under the age of 18, but it makes it a special crime because of the relationship,” Pigg said.

Pigg said Wilson could face a possible maximum sentence of 27 years in prison if convicted on the felonies and six months prison on the misdemeanor.

The inducing panic charge was the result of a reaction by Wilson when he was made aware at the school and they had to shut the school down on Sept. 15, 2016, Pigg said.

The victim’s name was not released because some of the activity occurred when the victim was not 18. When the victim became 18 it was no longer unlawful sexual conduct but it was stilll sexual battery because it was a student involved, Pigg said.

Wilson had to post a $25,000 cash bond. He did that and was released under supervision. He will have to go through pre-trial procedures, and a trial date will be set later.

Janice Wyckoff, superintendent of the Clear Fork schools, said it has been two years since Wilson was employed, and that is the district’s belief that “nothing happened on school grounds.”

Staff report