• Coach who faces sex charge is on paid leave
    By Anna Grearson
     | November 09,2012

    The Oxbow Union High School coach who pleaded not guilty Wednesday to aggravated sexual assault on a minor was placed on paid administrative leave.

    In published reports, Oxbow Principal Larry Walsh confirmed Brian Musty’s leave, which began “immediately” after his arrest at the school Monday morning.

    Calls to Walsh, Athletic Director Richard Thornton, and Orange East Supervisory Union Superintendent Don Johnson and Assistant Superintendent Beth Cobb were not returned.

    Walsh was said to be “behind closed doors” when The Times Argus tried to reach him.

    As of Thursday afternoon, Musty’s name and email address were still listed in the school’s staff directory. The school in Bradford lists enrollment at 432 students in grades seven through 12.

    No action was taken by the Vermont Principals’ Association, the governing body of Vermont high school athletics.

    “The VPA doesn’t need to be a pile-on,” said Executive Director Ken Page. “The issue is with the law. Our intention is to support the learning process, but it’s not proper for us to comment. The police need to follow up and do what they need to do, hope the education process doesn’t need to be disrupted. We know there are plenty of wonderful people at Oxbow. There isn’t a role for VPA other than supporting people in the field.”

    VPA Associate Executive Director Bob Johnson confirmed the 43-year-old Musty was still considered an active coach.

    Musty, of Topsham, is accused of repeated sexual conduct with a then-student in numerous locations, including at the school and his home, for a period of three years beginning in 1997.

    He teaches physical education at Oxbow and coaches varsity girls soccer, basketball and lacrosse.

    Musty is free on bail and subject to various conditions.

    According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department affidavit, a woman told investigators that Musty had sex “at least a hundred times” with her, starting when she was 15 and he was 28.

    A phone call between him and the woman was recorded by an investigator with the Orange County Special Investigations Unit on Nov. 1.

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