WEBSTER CITY, Iowa -- Paul Olson's son - Lyndal - was assaulted in his McCallsburg home near Story City in December 2014. Ted Larson, who was the Webster City High School wrestling coach at the time, and his assistant coach Terry Nessa, were charged with first-degree burglary, willful injury with the intent to cause serious injury, and second-degree criminal mischief. Larson and Nessa pleaded guilty to second degree criminal mischief, a class D felony, and serious misdemeanor assault. They were sentenced to up to five years in prison, but the sentences were reconsidered shortly thereafter, and they ended up getting two years probation.
In January, Larson was re-hired as director of transportation for Webster City Schools, which is a position he had held before his felony conviction. The local school board voted unanimously to give him back his job. paul olson was at that school board meeting. "There was standing room only. I`m the only one that spoke up against it. To me it looked like a setup situation. Everybody that got up and spoke for the guy was connected with the school," said Olson.
Olson is concerned that Larson will now also be re-hired as the wrestling coach. The board of education examiners is considering whether to reinstate Larson's coaching license, and then the local school board will make its decision.
"Absolutely ridiculous, you know, if they can`t find somebody that doesn`t have a criminal record, They`re not looking very hard. There`s all kinds of people that would love to have that job. It pays well. It's us taxpayers that pay that bill, and we're gonna give it to a convicted felon? Sorry, I can`t see it," said Olson.