Ringgold cheerleader coach accused of pedophilia


Photo provided by the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office / James Everett Sisson

A Ringgold, Ga. Cheerleader trainer who was arrested and charged with child sexual abuse last week has been released on bail, Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk said.

James ‘Jimmy’ Sisson, 49, was arrested Monday and charged with non-appearance on $ 225 bond, criminal attempt to commit a felony on $ 7,500 bond and child abuse on bond of $ 7,500.

Investigators acting on a tip allegedly found evidence that Sisson had inappropriate contact with an underage girl while working as a cheerleader coach at Culprit Athletics, a Ringgold-based performance training school focused on cheerleaders, gymnastics and fitness. This led to his eventual arrest, according to a statement from Catoosa County spokesman John Pless.

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When asked if there had been any updates to the investigation, Sisk said he “appears to be expanding” during a phone call with The Times Free Press. “The investigation is currently in the preliminary stages, and I cannot speak about it as it is ongoing.”

Prior to his arrest, Sisson was the Cheerleader Director at Culprit Athletics and worked with the Heritage Middle School cheerleading team as part of his job there. He has since been made redundant, according to owner Austin Culp, and will never work with the gym again.

Catoosa County Public Schools spokeswoman Marissa Brower said the college cheerleader team would no longer be training there either.

A press release from the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office said Sisson had also been employed by Hot Shots, formerly known as Crush, in the past.

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Grant Magness, owner of the Hot Shots Cheerleading and Tumbling Center in Rome, Georgia, has since contacted The Times Free Press to say that Sisson had never been employed at any of his gyms.

While he and his wife, Rachel Magness, opened Hot Shots Gymnasium in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia in 2011, they sold this gym in 2015 to new owners. It was then launched as “NGA Cheer, DBA Hot Shots Fort Oglethorpe”.

“He was hired by NGA Cheer, DBA Hot Shots Fort Oglethorpe, a completely separate legal entity not directed, managed or operated by Hot Shots Cheerleading and Tumbling Center Inc.,” said Magness.

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Detective Clay Thompson is the investigator in charge of the case for the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Sisk encouraged anyone with information to contact Thompson directly at (706) 935-2424, ext. 1020.

The Times Free Press has contacted Sisson for an unanswered comment.

Contact Kelcey Caulder at kcaulder@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6327. Follow her on Twitter @kelceycaulder.

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