OGDEN — An Ogden School District volunteer swim coach was arrested today because police say she was having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.
Jamie Waite, 35, was booked into the Weber County Jail on two counts of rape of a minor and two counts of sodomy of a minor, all first-degree felonies.
Lt. Scott Conley said the arrest was made after a week-long investigation that began after the relationship with a male student was reported to police.
“We received information from some individuals who know both the suspect and the victim,” Conley said. “They felt it was improper, so they notified police.”
The relationship had been ongoing since at least autumn. The victim was a member of the swim team, Conley said.
Ogden School District spokeswoman Donna Corby said school officials are not sure how long Waite has volunteered at the high school.
“That’s what we are looking into,” she said.
Neither Corby nor Conley would disclose which high school Waite was volunteering at.
Conley said police interviewed several people close to the situation as well as the victim. Waite refused to give a statement to officials until she was able to have an attorney present.
After the case was reviewed by police and screened by the Weber County Attorney’s Office, an arrest was made Monday at her home.
Conley called the crime an “unfortunate” one.
“It’s an unfortunate act where a minor is involved with an adult who was in a position of authority,” he said.
Conley said they are still investigating the possibility of any other victims that Waite may have been involved with, though they have no specific names or identities at this time. He said anyone with information about other victims can contact police at 801-629-8276.
Corby said the school district is conducting a parallel investigation with the police department.
“Our main concern is the safety of students in all of our schools, as well as maintaining privacy of this student,” she said.
Corby said volunteers are screened through a similar process as paid employees who work with students, which includes a full background check, including fingerprints. Waite had no prior criminal behavior, according to the Utah Courts database.