Blaine basketball coach charged with two criminal sexual conduct counts

A 20-year-old assistant coach on the Blaine High School girls’ basketball team has been charged in Anoka County District court with two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct involving a 14-year-old girl.

Jenessa Diamond WhitePhoto courtesy Anoka County Sheriff’s Office
Jenessa Diamond WhitePhoto courtesy Anoka County Sheriff’s Office

Jenessa Diamond White, 20, St. Paul, was arraigned in court today (March 29) on second- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges.

Bail was set at $10,000 with conditions of no contact with the alleged victim.

The complaint filed against White Thursday alleges the following:

During a routine Tuesday evening patrol, a Blaine Police officer noticed a lone car parked in the Jefferson Park. The park is located on Jefferson Street and 128th Avenue, not far from Blaine High School.

The officer noted the car’s windows were fogged up. He believed people were inside the vehicle and investigated further.

On closer inspection, the officer observed people in the car as well as movement. The officer also observed that the front passenger seat was in the fully reclined position.

The officer saw the head of one person and a second person laying back in the reclined seat. The second person was not wearing any pants or underwear.

The officer gave both people time to dress, then spoke to each of them about the incident that had occurred.

White first identified herself to police as a 16-year-old, but later corrected herself and said she was age 20.

White described the sexual contact she had engaged in, specifically mentioning she had kissed the 14-year-old as well as sexually touched the girl’s private parts.

According to the complaint, White told police she knew the 14-year-old through basketball as she was the girls’ ninth-grade basketball coach at Blaine High School.

The girl told police she is 14 and alleged she knew White through a dating relationship that included multiple sexual experiences, which included the March 27 incident.

The girl also told police White was her coach.

Brett Johnson, Anoka-Hennepin District 11’s assistant director of communications and public relations, said Thursday that White’s coaching contract at Blaine High School started Nov. 14, 2011 and ended March 17. Her contracted salary was $3,886.

White’s coaching biography posted on a non-district managed Blaine girls’ basketball website states she has previous experience coaching ninth-grade basketball at Highland Park High School in St. Paul, where she played varsity basketball.

The website also stated the woman is a third-year student at the University of Minnesota, studying kinesiology – sport science.

According to Johnson, White technically remains a district employee; her recently completed coaching was her first job with the district.

White has been placed on administrative leave and an internal district investigation is pending, Johnson said. White will be notified via letter that she has been placed on leave.

Tim Hennagir is at [email protected]

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