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Bingham High wrestling coach charged with forcible sexual abuse, sending nude pics to student

Sep 1, 2022, 1:57 PM | Updated: 2:00 pm
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SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — The wrestling coach at Bingham High School has been charged with forcible sexual abuse and sending nude photographs to a student.

Anthony Jordan Wanlass was charged by the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday, Sept. 1 with:

  • One count of forcible sexual abuse — a second-degree felony
  • Five counts of dealing in harmful material to a minor by an adult — a third-degree felony

According to documents obtained from the Third District Court in Salt Lake County, Wanlass allegedly exchanged nude photos and had sexual conversations with a 17-year-old girl over Snapchat. The conversations went on from Oct. 1, 2021 through Feb. 1, 2022.

The girl also told police that before Thanksgiving in 2021, she was in an equipment room when Wanlass entered, pulled her close, kissed her several times, pulled his pants down and exposed himself to her.

Police stated in court documents that they reviewed the victim’s phone and found 14 nude photographs of Wanlass in a folder on her Snapchat account titled “my eyes only.”

After hearing from other students about Wanlass’ relationship with the 17-year-old student, the assistant principal of Bingham High School, Rodney Shaw, spoke with the wrestling coach on or about Feb. 1. During that meeting, Shaw allegedly suspended Wanlass.

According to court documents, while Shaw walked Wanlass out to his car, he apologized for his “mistake” and said, “I am in big trouble, aren’t I?”

In documents, a request for pretrial conditions for Wanlass included avoiding contact with the victim, avoiding contact with witnesses who may testify in a trial, electronic device tracing and refraining from possession of a firearm or other dangerous weapon.

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