Former EHS coach charged with statutory rape
On Aug. 13, a Barry County warrant was issued for the arrest of Scott Thomas White, 41, who formerly served as Exeter High School boys basketball coach.
White is being charged with four counts of statutory rape in the first degree -- sexual intercourse with a person less than 14 years of age.
According to a probable cause statement, on Nov. 22, 2011, Angela Cole, of the Barry County Sheriff's Office, observed an interview with the juvenile victim at the Children's Center in Monett. During the interview, the juvenile stated that she and White had sex four separate times on Exeter School grounds between April of 2011 and May of 2011.
According to Dr. Ernest Raney, Exeter superintendent, a newsletter recently issued by the district contained information regarding White, who also served as kindergarten through 12th grade physical education teacher and baseball coach.
"The district was informed Tuesday that there has been an arrest warrant issued by the Barry County Prosecutor's Office for a former teacher of this school district," states the letter. "The warrant appears to be a result of allegations against the former employee in relation to his conduct with a minor student.
"These allegations were hotlined by the district in November of 2011. However, the teacher did not perform any services for the district during the 2011-12 school year. The former employee has not been convicted of any crime, but his conduct is under review.
"The Exeter School District has and will cooperate with authorities concerning allegations in this case. The safety of our students every day is a high priority for the board and staff. If anyone has concerns related to student safety, please let us know."
Raney said the letter was reviewed and approved by Tom Mickes, Exeter School District attorney, before it was sent to parents.
"We just wanted to communicate to parents that we were aware that the warrant had been issued," said Raney.
White's contract was not renewed by the Exeter School District last school year. The decision was made based on job performance.