published Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Baylor soccer coach, CARTA exec nabbed in prostitution sting by Chattanooga police

A Baylor School head soccer coach faces a charge of patronizing prostitution after he was issued a citation last week during a police sting at a local hotel near Shallowford Road and Interstate 75.

Jimmy Weekley, 44, who coaches girls varsity soccer at Baylor School and is one of the winningest high school soccer coaches in the state, allegedly went to meet a woman he found on an online ad soliciting sex. He has resigned from the school.

“In a weak moment, I made a poor decision. I have hurt my wife and my family, and disgraced my employer and team by my actions. I accept full responsibility. Toward that end, I have entered family counseling and have tendered my resignation to Baylor School. I apologize and deeply regret my actions and those I have hurt and whose trust I have broken,” said Weekley in a released statement.

In the same sting, 65-year-old CARTA Director of Southeast Region Mobility Jim Queen also was cited.

Weekley and Queen were both cited after the woman, an undercover police officer, discussed money for services with each of them Nov. 13.

Under Weekley’s leadership Baylor’s soccer teams have played in 11 state finals. The teams won seven state championships. His career record with the Lady Red Raiders is 257-26-26 spanning over 15 seasons.

Three other men were picked up in the same sting, including 39-year-old Michael Cruze, 49-year-old Dale Ullo Jr. and 63-year-old Jeffrey Williams.

Queen has been placed on leave, said Lisa Maragnano, executive director of CARTA.

“The matter is currently under investigation and due to it being a personnel matter, I have no further comment at this time,” she said.

Lee Davis is representing Weekley.

“We have met with the Chattanooga detective and cooperated fully in the process for misdemeanors,” Davis said. “He has been cited to report by December 13th.”

For more on this story, read Friday’s Times Free Press.

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