Former Bingham High wrestling coach charged with sexually abusing a student

Jordan School District said he is no longer employed there.

(File photo) Tile work inside the front door at the old Bingham High School building.

A wrestling coach at Bingham High School was charged Thursday with sexually abusing a minor.

Anthony Jordan Wanlass, 29, faces one count of forcible sex abuse and five counts of sending nude photos of himself to someone underage. All of the charges are felonies.

Wanlass, who was an assistant coach for the high school at the time, started having a Snapchat conversation with a 17-year-old female student during the fall of 2021, according to a probable cause statement from police. He is accused of sending her explicit pictures on the app, which police say they located on the girl’s account.

The girl later told police that Wanlass also assaulted her in the school’s equipment room. She said the coach kissed her, before pulling down his pants and making her touch him, according to the police statement.

The girl said the interactions continued through February of this year.

An assistant principal at the school was told at that time by other students who reported the coach was acting inappropriately with a student. That administrator said when he was escorting the coach out of the school, that Wanlass acknowledged he’d made a “mistake” and asked, “I am in big trouble, aren’t I?”

He was suspended at the time.

On Thursday, Jordan School District spokesperson Sandy Riesgraf said Wanlass is no longer an employee there. She said he was working part-time with the wrestling team and did not work for the district in any other capacity.

Wanlass was arrested in February. He has since been released but ordered to wear an ankle monitor.