Coach Jimmy Latta

Coach Jimmy Latta

In an emotionally charged trial in Guntersville municipal court Tuesday, Oct. 4, Judge Shannon Mitchell found former Guntersville High School teacher and volleyball coach Jimmy Latta not guilty of criminal harassment, though he made a point to tell the victim that he was “not ruling that nothing happened or that you made it up, absolutely not.” He also told her he appreciated her coming forward and the courage it took to do so.

The charge stemmed from a Sept. 30, 2021; incident involving a student-athlete who alleged unwanted touching prior to a volleyball game last fall in the GHS gymnasium. The then 17-year-old claimed Latta pushed a ball cart between her legs in her groin area while she was lying face down on the gym floor during a pre-game practice, in behavior the girl testified made her feel "scared, upset and uncomfortable.” She said he then proceeded to roll volleyballs directly at her, instead of back to the cart, while laughing, making her feel “weirded out.”

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