• Woman says she was 14 when former coach made first advances

    By: Dave Faherty


    CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. - A second woman testified Thursday against a former high school basketball coach.

    Shawn Johnson is on trial, accused of sexual acts with four of his former students.

    The woman told the jury that the sex was consensual and it wasn't until she was older she realized it was wrong. 

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    When police questioned her about it, she said, "Wow. We really got caught."

    The woman, who is now in her 20s, told the jury the sexual advancements from former Hickory High School basketball coach started when she was 14 years old. 

    Channel 9 is not identifying her because of what she claims happened over the next few months right on school grounds inside Johnson's office at Hickory High School.  

    He was the head basketball coach at the time taking the school to the playoffs eight years in a row. She recounted going to his office less than two months after starting her freshman year. 

    "He was standing behind the office door when I walked in. The lights were dim. And I walked in and there was a couch on the right hand side. I walked in and Shawn was actually naked,” she said.

    The woman claims she had sex on four different occasions with the coach in the office. She said she stopped when she later learned he was married.

    Her testimony comes one day after another student told the jury about the coach’s sexual advances involving her.     

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    The teenager alerted the school counselor, who in turn reported it to the principal who testified Thursday. 

    "He wanted her to go with him to his office. After he got his class settled in the gym he had something he wanted to give her a gift. And she continued to ask what that gift was and he finally said he wanted to give her kisses all over,” Principal Ann Stalnaker said.

    That was in 2012 and police were quickly notified launching the investigation.  Since then, Johnson's wife has stood by him including being in court.

    Reporter Dave Faherty will be keeping up with the latest on the trial. Follow him for updates on Twitter using #JohnsonTrial.

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