Crime & Courts

Mayberry teacher, West High coach arrested on suspicion of sex crimes

Terry Couch
Terry Couch Courtesy of USD 259

A Mayberry Middle School physical education teacher has been arrested on suspicion of sex crimes, records show.

Terry Couch, 55, was arrested shortly after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and booked into the Sedgwick County Jail shortly before midnight, where he is being held on suspicion of two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

Couch also served as the girls track coach at Mayberry and is the cross country coach at West High. He has been placed on administrative leave, USD 259 spokeswoman Susan Arensman said.

Couch is being held on $75,000 bond, jail records show. The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office booking report lists “unknown circumstances” surrounding the teacher’s arrest on suspicion of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

A police report dated Jan. 25 indicates a student told a counselor at Mayberry about Couch “touching her inappropriately while at his apartment.” Lt. James Espinoza said investigators have been working on the case since then.

They are also checking to see if there are any additional victims, he said.

In his biography on Mayberry’s website, Couch states he has been the school’s girls track coach since 1983.

His biography closes with “Teaching and coaching are definitely my passion!”

Lt. Travis Rakestraw, head of the Exploited and Missing Child Unit, said the case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office on Monday.

Mayberry principal Eric Holdeman sent an e-mail to parents Thursday alerting them of the arrest:

“I’m calling to make you aware that a teacher at Mayberry is the subject of a law enforcement matter and was arrested,” Holdeman said in the e-mail. “Our district is cooperating fully with authorities.

“Consistent with district policy, the teacher is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. While I can’t share more information because it is a personnel issue, be assured that we are doing what we can with the safety of our students in mind. The teacher will not be returning to Mayberry.”

Investigators are checking to see if there are any other possible

Contributing: Suzanne Perez Tobias

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