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.