A Stoughton High School girls junior varsity basketball coach was released from his contract May 16 after a criminal investigation by the Rock County District Attorney’s office into his conduct with some of his players.
Stoughton Area School District spokesperson Derek Spellman confirmed Tuesday that Robinson Louis, 42, of Evansville, coached the team from Nov. 5, 2018, until May 16, 2019, but “outside of that information, it is our practice not to comment on personnel matters,” he wrote in an email to the Hub.
Channel3000 first reported the story Monday, citing reports from both the Evansville and Stoughton police departments investigating inappropriate activities with members of the team.
The Evansville report recommended five counts of child enticement and five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, but the Rock County District Attorney’s office declined to file charges, citing inadequate evidence.
That report also states the district asked he not be allowed back onto its property starting March 20. That was one day after the mother of a player called the Stoughton High School principal to report that five girls had gone to Louis’ home to smoke marijuana with him and that Louis had later contacted some of the girls to talk about topics including sexual behavior.
Robinson has no criminal background, but had been investigated for sexual assault allegations by a middle-school girl from Janesville 14 years earlier while he was a middle school football coach in Evansville. No charges were filed in that case.
In the March 2019 case, Stoughton police took the initial report, but Evansville PD took over the investigation because Louis’ home is in Evansville.
During interviews with a Stoughton police officer, the girls said Louis invited five of them to his home to smoke a dab pen after a team dinner March 2, according to the Channel3000 report. The next day, Louis reportedly called two of the girls to tell them about a sex dream he had about them, which the girls told police made them uncomfortable.
An email from the Rock County District Attorney’s office to the Evansville police chief said “there is no usable evidence that the ‘dab’ contained THC” so the charges “cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” and the case is considered closed.
The Stoughton report alleged he also texted one of them about a sexual innuendo she made as a joke at the team dinner that “he wanted to try that out with her and (she) should delete the text messages.”
“Talk to me later when your (sic) 18,” he texted, according to the police report.
The report said Louis later texted the whole team, thanking the girls who came over for “playing just dance and hanging out and crying about boyfriends,” but the girls interviewed by police said that didn’t happen, according to the Channel3000 report.
“Talk of other stuff needs to stop if you care about me! All it takes is the wrong person to hear you and life for me is over!” Louis texted, according to the report.
Evansville police had investigated Louis in 2005, and in November of that year, it asked the Rock County DA to review possible charges of felony sexual assault, causing a child to view sexual activity and use of a dangerous weapon after a 14 year old girl who frequented his home accused him of the behavior months earlier. The DA declined to press any charges in that case, police chief Scott McElroy told the Hub in an email Tuesday.
At the time, Louis was a middle school football coach, according to the 86-page Evansville report from 2005, and the girl and neighborhood kids and players on that football team were at his home regularly. He indicated to police in his interview he attempted to be a guiding influence for the kids and that the girl was angry with him for kicking her out one day for being disrespectful and refusing to associate with her anymore.