Cottonwood High football coach Josh Lyman will not be criminally charged after being accused of inappropriate contact with a female student at the school, according to the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office.
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said in a letter released Monday that the investigation yielded “evidence of contact between the student and Lyman,” but it was not found to be criminal.
According to a Granite School District spokesman, the student who accused Lyman is 18, the legal age of consent in Utah.
The Cottonwood coach could still face repercussions from the Granite School District if it finds he violated district policies.
“I would just re-emphasize that because the alleged victim is 18 years of age, it is possible that it is not criminally chargeable,” Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley said, “but because she is a student, we still have some concerns about teacher conduct and the relationship between a teacher and a student that we’re trying to resolve.”
Lyman’s attorney, Ed Brass, said Friday that the District Attorney’s office told him no charges would be filed against Lyman. However, late Friday Gill stressed to The Tribune that his office had not finished investigating the case.
On Monday, Brass reiterated that his client never had contact with the student, and said the absence of criminal charges reaffirms that.
Lyman, 32, was placed on administrative leave on April 20 after the allegations of inappropriate contact with the student surfaced.
The former University of Utah receiver has served as Cottonwood’s head football coach for the past two seasons, accumulating a 15-6 record.