A Clinton wrestling coach was arrested Sunday on a charge of physical abuse of a child, according to a news release.
Tyler W. Clark, 36, of Beloit, was arrested on suspicion of physical abuse of a child and two counts of disorderly conduct, according to a Clinton police press release.
The investigation was opened at 6:10 p.m. Dec. 27 after a complaint of sexual assault was made stemming from an incident at Clinton High School earlier that evening, according to the release.
Police said a female student reported that during a sporting event practice the coach, a part-time school employee, had touched her inappropriately.
During the investigation, police said they discovered a second student had reported being battered by Clark during the same practice.
Police said they had the full cooperation of the Clinton High School administration and the Rock County District Attorney’s Office leading up to the arrest. Clark was taken to Rock County Jail.
The Beloit Daily News contacted the Clinton School District administration, and Superintendent Jim Brewer said in an emailed statement that “the district does not comment on personnel or student related issues.”
Brewer added that the district is “cooperating fully with law enforcement and our students have and will continue to be supported.”
“The Clinton Community School District would like to thank the Clinton Police Department for their quick response and thorough investigation into this matter,” Brewer said. “CCSD would also like to thank the Rock County Child Protective Services Team, Stateline Mental Health Services LLC but most importantly, our student athletes and their families.”
Upon notification of a potential incident the evening of Dec. 27, Brewer said, the coach in question was immediately placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.
The coach resigned his position Dec. 28 and is no longer employed by the district, Brewer said.
“The district has policies in place to protect students, and our staff are trained to enforce those policies,” Brewer said.