GUTHRIE — A former Guthrie High School teacher and assistant coach has been charged with 11 sex-related counts involving students.
James Sterling Gilbertson, 27, Guthrie, was arrested Thursday afternoon at his parents' residence following a two week investigation by the Guthrie Police Department.
He faces, in Logan County District Court, three counts of forcible oral sodomy, three counts of sexual battery and five counts of rape by instrumentation.
Gilbertson had contact with three Guthrie High School female students on four different occasions beginning in December 2007, according to a court affidavit.
On May 23, Guthrie Public Schools Superintendent Terry Simpson went to Guthrie police after a mother of a high-school student received a text message on her cell phone from Gilbertson that she believed was intended for her daughter. Two of the girls interviewed by police said they had a sexual relationship with Gilbertson. One girl told police Gilbertson had sent her several text messages despite her objection and that he had touched her leg once in a classroom.
Gilbertson sent nude photos of himself to one of the girls on her cell phone, records show.
Gilbertson taught accounting, business math and served as an assistant girl's basketball coach over the last three years, court records show.
The head coach of the Guthrie girl's basketball team, Terry Carris, said he is shocked to hear of Gilbertson's arrest.
"He was a super assistant, very loyal and a good guy." Carris said. "I never, ever saw him touch a girl inappropriately."
Simpson said in a prepared statement released Friday that Gilbertson is no longer employed by the district.
"...it is the policy and practice of Guthrie Public Schools to do everything in our power to protect our students and their rights," Simpson said.