BOZEMAN — Bozeman High School's track and field coach has been arrested on charges he sent several sexually explicit text and photo messages to female students.
James Michael Evans, 29, appeared in Justice Court by video from the county jail Thursday and was charged with felony sexual abuse of children and two misdemeanor counts of obscenity. Justice of the Peace Wanda Drusch set his bail at $50,000.
Police Chief Ron Price said an investigation found Evans had been communicating with at least two girls by text message and sent electronic images with sexual content to both. One said she was 15 when Evans started sending her messages that talked about engaging in sexual conduct.
Schools Superintendent Kirk Miller said Evans, who was arrested Wednesday, has since resigned from his position as track coach and as an assistant football coach. Evans did not work in any other capacity for the school district.
"Our concern lies with the students and families," Miller said. "We want to continue to show support for them until this is completely resolved. I'm concerned about creating a very safe atmosphere for all our students."
Evans was an assistant track coach at the high school for about four years before he was named head track coach in June.