WAYNESBORO, GA (WFXG) - Travis Thomas, a coach for the Burke County Schools, was arrested on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 on one count of felony sexual battery after complaints were lodged against him and an investigation was conducted. According to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, the complaints involved a juvenile.
The initial report was made directly to the sheriff’s office without notification to the school system. They notified the Burke County School System, who immediately placed Thomas on administrative leave. Thomas coaches middle school basketball, works as the equipment manager for the high school football team, and is a special education co-teacher at the high school. He was arrested and later released on bail.
On Wednesday, more charges were brought against Thomas and he was arrested again. He is now charged with sexual assault by a person with supervisory or disciplinary authority. This second arrest comes after Chief Deputy Blanchard, Sheriff Williams, Investigative Sergeant George Myers, and District Attorney Natalie Paine met at the sheriff’s office to review the case further.
New evidence, including video footage from the Burke County School System and school bus cameras, is leading investigators to consider more charges in connection to an alleged felony that happened during a school athletic event in the Savannah area. Investigators are working with Chatham County law enforcement.
We now know that the juvenile involved in this case is a boy at the middle school, according to Burke County Schools.
The investigation is ongoing and according to the sheriff’s office, additional charges may be issued in the immediate future.
“Upon opening the investigation, the school system immediately suspended Thomas and cooperated fully with investigators," said Lewis C. Blanchard, Chief Deputy for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. "The Sheriff’s Office and School System work diligently to ensure the safety and welfare of all students; we work together to make sure any complaint lodged is fully and properly investigated.”