June 05, 2020

Rockland coach sought in sex case

ROCKLAND — Arrest warrants were issued Wednesday for the girls basketball coach at Rockland District High School, who is accused of gross sexual assault involving a student.

Rockland police obtained warrants to arrest Daniel Winston, 36, of Rockland on two counts of gross sexual assault, Chief Deputy Wallace Tower said.

Winston is a math teacher and girls basketball coach at the Rockland school, and the alleged victim is a girl who is a student there.

Police had not found Winston by Wednesday afternoon. The arrest warrants were issued earlier in the day.

SAD 5 Superintendent Don Kanicki confirmed that an employee had been placed on administrative leave after the school district learned of a complaint from a student. The superintendent said he could not disclose details, pending school board action on what he termed a personnel matter. The employee, Kanicki said, will still receive pay.

“We acted upon a credible complaint that we by law had to report,” he said. Kanicki said the complaint came last week, and the state Department of Human Services and the District Attorney’s Office were notified immediately. The prosecutor’s office requested that Rockland police investigate the complaint, Tower said.

“You always hope these things aren’t true,” Kanicki said, but he added that the school board would act appropriately if more evidence became available.

Gross sexual assault is a charge more commonly known as rape and associated with forced sex acts. If the victim is under the age of 14, the charge is applied whether the victim was forced or not. The charge also applies if the victim is a student under 18 and the perpetrator is a teacher or coach.

Tower said he was not aware of the relationship between Winston and his alleged victim.

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