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Teen talks of sex with coach in statement

Newly released documents offer details of a relationship between a Wharton High student and a former girls' basketball coach.

By SHANNON COLAVECCHIO-VAN SICKLER
Published December 13, 2005


TAMPA - Yes, the Wharton High School student told police. The coach and I had sex.

At least 50 times over more than a year, starting when the student was a ninth-grader, she said.

"But she never made me do anything," the girl, now 17, told detectives investigating the allegations against former Wharton High girls basketball coach Jaymee Wallace, 28.

"Everything that happened we both wanted. ... She never forced herself on me."

The teen's May 30 statement to Tampa police was part of more than 200 pages of documents released Monday by the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office, which is pursuing one count of lewd and lascivious battery against Wallace.

Included were phone records from January 2005 to May 2005 showing there were 430 text messages sent from the account held by Wallace's husband Craig Wallace to the student's cell phone.

There were 351 calls made from the Wallace cell phone to the teen's cell phone.

The state also released copies of notes written to the teen by one of her former Wharton High classmates, who asked the girl in one letter: "Is you the first girl she messed with? You my dawg and I love you NO MATTER WHAT, but I think coach should be punished!"

Wallace, who had earlier been moved by the school district from her teaching and coaching position, was suspended without pay after her Oct. 31 arrest. She has pleaded not guilty to the second-degree felony. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison.