Catoosa County authorities have arrested 49-year-old James “Jimmy” Everett Sisson, a private cheerleading coach, for child molestation.

Sheriff Gary Sisk said investigators, acting on a tip, found evidence that Sisson had inappropriate contact with an underage female while working as a cheerleading coach with Culprit Athletics.

Culprit Athletics, which has facilities in Ringgold and Dalton, offer training in cheerleading, fitness and gymnastics, according to its website.

Sisk said Sisson is known to work with young students to coach them with cheerleading and tumbling exercise skills.

He was arrested Monday, Nov. 29, and booked into the Catoosa County jail on charges of child molestation, failure to appear, and criminal attempt to commit a felony.

Sisson is not an employee of Catoosa County Public Schools, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The school system said that Heritage Middle School cheerleaders participated in training through Culprit Athletics, paid for by the parents of the cheerleaders, and is no longer participating in that training.

The Catoosa County Sheriff's Office said Sisson had also been employed by Hot Shots (previously known as Crush). Grant Magness, owner of Hot Shots Cheerleading and Tumbling Center in Rome, Ga., in an email to The Catoosa County News, said Sisson was never employed at one of his gyms. Magness said he and his wife opened the Hot Shots gym in Fort Oglethorpe in 2011, but sold it four years later, which was then named 'NGA Cheer, DBA Hot Shots Fort Oglethorpe.' “He (Sission) was hired by NGA Cheer, DBA Hot Shots Fort Oglethorpe, a completely separate, legal entity neither run, managed, nor operated by Hot Shots Cheerleading and Tumbling Center Inc.,” Magness said in the email.

“We encourage anyone with information that could help our investigation to contact Detective Clay Thompson at 706-935-2424, extension 1020,” Sisk said.

Don Stilwell is editor for The Catoosa County News and the Walker County Messenger.

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