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Former WSN coach faces new charges


A former W.S. Neal High School coach, arrested in May on a charge of having sexual contact with a student under the age of 19, was arrested again last week after at least one more student claimed that the coach also attempted to have sexual contact with her.

Jason Paul Blaney, 38, of a Jay, Fla., address, was taken into custody around 4 p.m. Friday, June 9, according to a press release issued by Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Lambert.

An employee of the Escambia County Detention Center’s booking and release division reported Tuesday that Blaney, who taught math and coached volleyball and softball at the Brewton school, remained in the county lockup, under total bonds of $120,000.

He is charged with one count each of attempted sodomy (first degree), sexual abuse (first degree) and enticing a child.

The former coach resigned in April after allegations of his misconduct were brought to the attention of school officials. He was initially arrested on May 26, processed into the county jail, then released after posting a $10,000 bond.

Sheriff’s office reports show that the original case against Blaney stemmed from a complaint that was filed March 30 by the parents of a female student.

The case, which is still under investigation, has been turned over to the District Attorney’s office.