Convicted coach to be released

April 26, 2012

A former Lawrence North High School swim coach who was sentenced to eight years in prison for molesting a 14-year-old female swimmer is expected to be released next week after serving less than two years of his sentence. In 2011, Chris Wheat was convicted of two counts of sexual misconduct. Wheat had four years shaved from his sentence for good behavior and another year wiped away after he earned an associate’s degree. An additional 489 days were credited when he completed a bachelor’s degree. The victim’s father, a legislator and the prosecutor’s office are trying to see if more can be done to keep Wheat behind bars.