DA to examine alleged ‘inappropriate contact’ between assistant Wilkinson coach and student

Wilkinson County High’s boys basketball team celebrates its 2016 GHSA championship.
Wilkinson County High’s boys basketball team celebrates its 2016 GHSA championship. jvorhees@macon.com

An assistant boys basketball coach at Wilkinson County High School resigned Friday while authorities there looked into an allegation that he may have sent inappropriate text messages to a student and possibly had “inappropriate contact” with the student.

Wilkinson Sheriff Richard Chatman declined to elaborate on the matter Friday.

According to an initial sheriff’s report of the complaint against Ryan Jackson, a copy of which The Telegraph obtained, Rico Myrick, a McIntyre man, contacted the cops on Halloween.

Myrick, according to the report, at first said he had “heard some children” talking about Jackson and how Jackson “may be involved in inappropriate contact with a student.”

Myrick later told a sheriff’s deputy that he had heard about it “from a relative who is a student,” and that he was “passing the information on in the event that something is taking place.” Myrick went on to say that “there may be some inappropriate messaging by way of text between Coach Jackson and the student,” the report added.

Wilkinson school Superintendent Aaron Geter, who also is the head basketball coach at the high school, said Jackson submitted his resignation Friday afternoon.

The investigation into the allegations against Jackson has been handed over to the county’s district attorney’s office for a decision on whether charges will be brought.

Jackson, who has taught for 17 years, teaches biology, British literature and physical science, according to the high school’s website.

The allegations come on the heels of a recent news article in The Telegraph that focused on the basketball team and told how the school district itself has come under fire for the actions of some of its employees, including a former assistant basketball coach investigated for having an inappropriate relationship with a student.