Report: High school wrestling volunteer admits to sex with a student

LAS VEGAS - A volunteer with the Cimarron-Memorial High School wrestling team is facing charges for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old student.

Detectives arrested Michael Barnson on March 17 and charged him with sexual misconduct and kidnapping. 

During separate interviews with Clark County School District Police, both the female student and Barnson admitted to having sex with each other in February, according to the details in Barnson's arrest report. 

Barnson's wife reported the crime to CCSD PD on Feb. 26. During an interview with investigators, she said she searched his phone because he had a history of cheating. She said she found a photo of the student in her underwear, police said. 

Barnson graduated from Cimarron-Memorial in 2014. He worked for the Stratosphere and was in the Army National Guard, according to the arrest report. 

Barnson told police he would train with wrestling students at several high schools around the valley including Cimarron-Memorial High School, Legacy High School, Green Valley High School and others. 

Following his arrest, Barnson told detectives during an interview he knew the student for a long time, and they started to get close around Thanksgiving. Barnson said the two would go to the gym, wrestling events, and restaurants together. 

In the arrest report, detectives stated Barnson used his status as a volunteer to foster a further relationship with the student. 

Police booked him into the Clark County Detention Center. 

The Principal of Cimarron-Memorial said in a statement to police that Barnson was not a coach but would go to the school to help out with the wrestling team. 


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