The head football coach at Orion High School who also coaches and teaches at United Township High School is facing charges alleging he had sexual contact with a female student.
A release from the Moline Police Department says 37-year old Jason Vanhoutte was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his home in Moline on three counts of criminal sexual assault, which are Class 1 felonies. Vahhoutte has coached varsity football at Orion the past 11 years and was an assistant basketball and baseball coach at U-T. He has taught social studies at U-T for the past 15 years.
Authorities say the East Moline Police Department was notified late last Friday afternoon about potentially inappropriate text messaging between Vanhoutte and a teenage girl who attends United Township. Police in East Moline notified the school when the investigation began.
East Moline police say the investigation led them to believe criminal sexual activity occurred in Moline between Vanhoutte and the student, and Moline police joined the investigation. Authorities say the joint investigation developed information needed to secure an arrest warrant for Vanhoutte, whose bond was set at $100,000.
Vanhoutte was released from jail on bond and is currently on paid administrative leave.
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