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Swim coach affiliated with Morris-based team arrested on assault, disorderly conduct charges

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 3:08 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 9:35 p.m. CDT
D. Jay Andersen

A Morris youth swim coach accused of slipping a pill into a woman's drink at a Lombard bar was arrested this week during open registration for the Joliet and Morris Stingrays, according to Lombard police.

The arrest happened at Morris Community High School, where practices are held. The club is not affiliated with the high school but rents the facilities for practice.

D. Jay Andersen, 49, of the 200 block of Ottawa Bend Drive, Morris, was charged just after 6 p.m. Monday with misdemeanor counts of assault and disorderly conduct, Lombard Det. Benny Ranallo said.

Surveillance video from the bar on Roosevelt Road in Lombard showed Andersen on June 7 dropping something into the beer bottle of a woman who had accompanied him to the bar after she stepped away from the table to use the restroom, Ranallo said. When she returned, she saw the bottle had been moved, noticed a pill in the bottle and did not drink from it, he said.

Lombard police conducted an undercover operation at a Morris bar on July 3. The woman who contacted Lombard police about the June 7 incident worked with police in the operation there.

Morris Police Chief Brent Dite said his department was made aware of the ongoing investigation at that time.

Undercover Lombard officers took Andersen into custody then, Ranallo said. He was later released, until a warrant for his arrest was issued.

"There are other reports to other police agencies alleging similar behavior, but this incident is the only one we are aware of that occurred in Lombard," Ranallo said.

A call to a man who identified himself as Mitch Zuchara, administrator of JAMS, declined to comment at this time.

Calls and an email to the phone number and email listed on the JAMS website for D. Jay Andersen were not immediately returned or answered Wednesday.

Andersen posted 10 percent of his $5,000 bond and was released Monday. His court date has not yet been posted.

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