Former youth basketball coach posts bail |

Former youth basketball coach posts bail

MINDEN (AP) – A former youth coach accused of trying to arrange sexual liaisons with 13- and 14-year-old girls via e-mail has been released from jail after posting $25,000 cash bail.

Benjamin Schuler of Gardnerville was released from the Douglas County Jail on Wednesday only hours after a judge refused to lower bail or release him on his own recognizance.

The 24-year-old Schuler also is accused of inappropriately touching a 13-year-old girl through her clothing.

School district officials say Schuler was paid a stipend to coach basketball at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School for three years.

They say Schuler had been coach of the boys eighth-grade team and girls seventh-grade team, but his contract expired at the end of the season.

Prosecutors allege the crimes occurred in January and February.