A Catholic high school tennis coach has been arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct towards a student.
Timothy Garin, 59, worked at Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria as an assistant coach and then head tennis coach from 2012 until he was fired by the school, said a public relations firm hired by the school.
The school placed him on administrative leave, and eventually fired him upon receiving a report from a former student alleging grooming behaviors and sexual contact in 2015.
The school alerted police, and Garin was arrested Tuesday. He is being held in Carver County Jail and has been charged with fourth degree criminal sexual conduct — a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint:
Garin, who coached this student from 2014-18, allegedly sent her text messages beginning in 2015 complimenting the 15-year-old student's appearance and requesting sexual activities.
Later, he allegedly inappropriately touched the student on multiple occasions during private lessons at the school, and also sent the student photos of his genitals. He allegedly told the student to delete the messages "as he stated he could go to jail if anyone found out," and requested nude photos in return, which the student declined.
Garin is due to appear in Carver County Court Oct. 23.
"We are appalled and saddened by this situation and our thoughts are with the former student who came forward," school president Michael Brennan said in a statement via the PR firm.
"Protecting our students is our highest priority, and we respectfully request privacy for the Holy Family community as we attempt to make sense of this situation and begin to heal.”
The Carver County Sheriff's Office requests that anyone with information about this crime or others involving Garin to call them at 952-361-1231.