Resident Reacts to the Arrest of Fort Davis Coach

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

FORT DAVIS - A Fort Davis coach and teacher in hot water, accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a female student. Now, that teacher sits behind bars in Brewster County. However, as NewsWest 9 learned Friday, this is not the first time there has been questions about his behavior.

To many in Fort Davis, the news that one of their coaches was arrested has come as a real surprise. Authorities with the Sheriff's Office said they arrested 28-year-old Jarime Baethge on Wednesday. He is now facing two counts of improper relationship between an educator and a student. He's also facing a 200,000 dollar bond.

Law enforcement has been investigating the coach since last week, and told NewsWest 9 they have kept in contact with Fort Davis school officials in that investigation. Baethge had been put on paid leave during the investigation. On Friday, NewsWest 9 talked with one of Coach Baethge's former science students. He would not go on camera, but said several years back there had been rumors floating around school about Baethge having an inappropriate relationship. Meanwhile, other residents we talked to say they didn't see the arrest coming.

"Yeah, it's kind of shocking to me, and I don't think it's true," Patricia Urquidez, who lives next to the High School, explained. "He's always with his wife, and if not he is always at work, and from work he goes home. He's always waving at people, he looks like a friendly coach. So, I don't think he is that kind of person."

No details in the investigation have been released. So, we don't know how many victims are involved. If convicted, Jarime Baethge could face two to 20 years in prison. The charges are two second degree felonies.