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Former Kossuth coach faces federal charge

Former Kossuth Middle School coach Micah Macay Wilbanks now faces a federal charge in addition to local charges after allegedly making a video recording of students in the locker room.

A criminal complaint and affidavit filed by an FBI task force officer in U.S. District Court accuses Wilbanks, 29, of County Road 520, of the offense of attempting to use minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct using materials that have been shipped or transported in interstate and foreign commerce (his cell phone).

The affidavit by Brian Taylor says the KMS principal on May 2 reported to the sheriff's department that some middle school students had found a cell phone hidden inside a girl's locker room, and the phone had recorded a video of them while they were changing clothes. The students retrieved the phone and deleted the video before taking the phone to another coach, who confronted Wilbanks about the matter.

After the sheriff's department obtained a search warrant for Wilbanks' phone and computer, Taylor conducted a forensic extraction of several videos, one of which showed five different girls, ages 13 and 14, in the locker room, according to the affidavit. One of the girls saw the hidden phone and pointed it out. Another girl then retrieved the phone.

Wilbanks appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Roy Percy for an initial appearance last week and a preliminary hearing and detention hearing on Monday. The second hearing was continued to Thursday morning.

Wilbanks was initially charged by the sheriff's department with public intoxication after law enforcement officers observed his behavior at the school and was later charged with five counts of secretly photographing for lewd purposes.

School district Attorney Arch Bullard confirmed Wilbanks' employment was terminated. He was the boys basketball coach at the school.