Federal gambling probe nabs former high school tennis coach

Since 2015, federal investigators have been spending a great deal of time looking at activities in Wichita, Kansas to root out illegal gambling.  The investigations have included wiretapping, interviews and surveillance, and have already resulted in the arrest of several key figures.  Among those whose phones were tapped are former State Senator Michael O'Donnell and businessmen Rodney and Brandon Steven.  The latest to be caught up in the net is Jack Oxler, a former high school and tennis coach.

The 41-year-old Oxler had charges filed against him by federal prosecutors on Monday.  He is accused of one count of involvement in an illegal poker gambling business and one count of involvement in an illegal sports betting business.  The indictment alleges that he conducted, financed, managed, supervised, directed and owned all or part of the operations for three years starting in February of 2014.  Five other individuals are also being looked for in connection with the business, which grossed $2,000 per day. 

Oxler was an assistant tennis coach at Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita, as well as at Newman University.  He coached at Newman from 2012 to 2014 and subsequently moved to become the director of tennis at Genesis Health Clubs West Central, where he was employed for almost a year.  Oxler's attorney indicated that he would plead guilty to the charges, for which he could be sentenced to up to five years in prison and fined as much as $250,000. 

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