Stearns County football coach under investigation resigns

Eric Chaloux
Updated: July 16, 2020 05:43 PM
Created: November 19, 2019 12:00 AM

A Stearns County high school football coach under investigation by a school district and the sheriff’s office has stepped down.

A lawyer for the Kimball Area School District said Johnny Benson resigned the same day a special school board meeting was held to discuss the matter.

Benson left the district on Oct. 30, while the district says they were conducting an investigation into a complaint made against him and were cooperating with a criminal investigation.

Kimball football coach put on leave, district cooperating with police investigation

A search warrant filed in October with the court stated law enforcement were investigating allegations of a possible sexual assault involving the now-former head football coach and a player earlier in October.

While the school district investigation ended with the resignation, the law enforcement investigation remains active, according to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff’s investigation has not been submitted to the Stearns County Attorney’s Office.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has made numerous attempts to reach Benson for comment through numerous channels but have yet to connect directly.

Editor's note: The Stearns County Attorney declined to file charges in the investigation involving former teacher and football coach Johnny Benson in late May 2020. 

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