Former high school basketball coach facing sexual assault charges

Posted Nov. 15, 2013, at 1:36 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 15, 2013, at 5:40 p.m.
Travis Tatro
Waldo County Jail
Travis Tatro

CAMDEN, Maine — A former high school basketball coach was arrested on Thursday and charged with multiple counts of gross sexual assault after being accused of abusing two teenage girls.

Travis Tatro, 30, of Camden, who coached girls basketball at Islesboro Central School for almost two years before his dismissal in August, was taken into custody without incident at his home by Maine State Police officers, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Police began investigating allegations against Tatro by the two teenage girls earlier this month, McCausland said. Police have charged him with unlawful sexual contact, sexual exploitation of a minor and 16 counts of gross sexual assault. There was no arrest affidavit filed at Waldo County District Court, but according to the indictment, the first time Tatro subjected a teenaged girl to sexual contact was back in March 2011. The following summer, he is accused of committing gross sexual assault against a different student. Altogether, police said that Tatro continued to commit sexual crimes against the second teen until August 2013.

After he was dismissed from his Islesboro school position, Tatro moved to Camden and had been coaching basketball privately in Knox County, McCausland said.

Tatro was indicted Thursday by the Waldo County Grand Jury and appeared before a judge Friday via video from jail for his arraignment hearing. He’s being held in police custody at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.

Tatro’s bail was set Friday at $10,000 cash or $20,000 surety (property used as collateral). He is not allowed to have contact with his two alleged victims or any girl under 18.

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