MEDFORD, Ore. — A Medford girls’ soccer coach is facing charges for touching a student inappropriately, but he’s no longer behind bars. The jail reports he paid bail.
43-year-old Mark Winstead was the Cascade Christian assistant girls’ soccer coach, and police say became involved in an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old student. Investigators say sexual touching happened between the two.
Winstead met with detectives on Wednesday for an interview, and from there he went to the Jackson County Jail. He’s facing one charge of sex abuse in the third degree, a misdemeanor. Police first talked to Winstead when the investigation began in mid-December.
“There were some correspondence on his cell phone we believed were his and hers, and we seized those phones and had to have them analyzed. So once we had those analyzed, we contacted him again and he met us at the police department on his own and he did provide a statement,” said Lt. Mike Budreau.
Police cannot reveal that statement, but investigators say a lot of the statement did confirm what the victim said, but detectives say it’s not a question of what happened, but it’s more of why it happened.
Cascade Christian High School released a statement regarding Winstead’s arrest:
We take seriously the safety of our students and the trust parents have imparted to us to care for and teach their children. As soon as we became aware of the situation, we took the appropriate steps immediately and are fully cooperating with local law enforcement. Because our students’ safety is paramount to us, we require yearly staff Child Abuse Prevention Training and provide on-site child abuse training through DHS. The individual associated with our athletic program had passed appropriate background checks and attended child abuse prevention training. He is no longer employed by CCHS.