CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — Cedar Park Cross Country Coach Timothy Sheard is facing felony charges of indecency with a child by contact after police say he inappropriately touched students on his team dating back to 2003.
Police say a former Cedar Park High School student came forward with the allegations in mid-September. Police say the student detailed how 50-year-old Boys Cross Country Running Coach Timothy Sheard touched him in appropriately. During their investigation, police say they identified two additional male victims who gave detectives details of incidents with Sheard.
The Cedar Park Police Department has been working in conjunction with the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office on this case. Meanwhile, authorities arrested Sheard Wednesday morning and booked him into the Williamson County Jail on three counts of Indecency with a child by contact. All three charges are second-degree felonies.
All of the victims identified so far are former Cedar Park High School students, police say. No current students came forward with any allegations.
All of the incidents happened in Sheard’s office, Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix said during a news conference Thursday. Mannix said while legal documents outline one incident of indecent contact, Sheard groomed his victims through gift giving and that there were multiple incidents with each victim.
There could be more victims
Mannix said due to the series of events that happened with the three victims that have come forward, that its entirely possible that there are more victims. He encouraged the victims to come forward saying it’s important for themselves and important for justice.
In late September, KXAN News reported that police were investigating an allegation involving a staff member at Cedar Park High School. While it came at the same time school’s cross-country coach was placed on paid administrative leave, they would not confirm any further details about the allegation or investigation.
Sheard has coached at CPHS for nearly two decades and has helped bring state championships to Cedar Park. Leander Independent School District confirmed he was placed on leave Sept. 25 but did not give a reason why.