Ex-coach sentenced for sexual assault of Union Hill student
May 17, 2009 | 1516 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two men were sentenced on unrelated charges in 115th District Court in Gilmer. Judge Lauren Parish presided.

Former coach John Cotcha Tiger of Longview was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student and 15 years for Online Solicitation of a Minor. The sentences will run concurrently.

Bobby Joe Crain of Gilmer received seven years in prison for Delivery of Marijuana in a Drug-Free Zone.

District Attorney Billy Byrd prosecuted Tiger, who entered a guilty plea for the second-degree felonies. In addition to imprisonment, Tiger will be required to register as a sex offender.

Byrd also required Tiger to surrender his teaching certificate.

At the time of the offense, Tiger was a teacher and coach in the New Diana Independent School District. Prior to that, he coached at Union Hill ISD.

He admitted to having sex on April 20, 2008, with a girl who was a student at Union Hill at the time he worked there.

He was arrested and jailed Oct. 25 on a charge of soliciting the girl on Oct. 24. He admitted to sending her a text message asking her to meet him and engage in sexual activity.

Charges of sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child were dropped under a plea bargain.

Defense attorney was Frank Long of Sulphur Springs.

Crain entered a plea of guilty to his charge just prior to jury selection on Monday.

Byrd prosecuted the case.

Crain was observed delivering more than a quarter ounce of marijuana but less than five pounds by Upshur County Deputy Chad Lanier. The offense occurred on the premises of New Diana ISD.

Crain has a prior misdemeanor conviction from 2002 from Hardeman County, and a prior state jail felony conviction for theft from Upshur County in 2002.

Matthew Patton was defense attorney.
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