Former Arlington Heights coach sentenced to four years for fondling students

03/17/2014 2:30 PM

03/17/2014 2:31 PM

A former Arlington Heights High School coach accused of engaging in sexual contact with two students last year is headed to prison for four years.

In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Chad Brandon Hawkins, 35, of Flower Mound pleaded guilty to two counts of indecency with a child/fondling, according to Tarrant County criminal court records. He was sentenced to four years on each case and the sentences will run concurrently.

Hawkins entered his plea last week in Criminal District Court No. 2.

Brad Clark of Fort Worth, Hawkins’ attorney, could not be reached Monday for comment.

“The plea agreement was reached after consulting with the victims and their families,” Melody McDonald, a spokeswoman with the Tarrant County district attorney’s office, said Monday in an email.

Hawkins must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The former history teacher and assistant boys basketball and baseball coach was initially accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old girl who had been a student in his history class, court documents say.

Westworth Village police had found Hawkins, once a Texas Rangers baseball prospect, and the girl together — apparently making out — in his car Jan. 16, 2013, near LA Fitness in Westworth Village, according to documents.

The girl later told investigators that she and Hawkins had been in contact through Facebook and her phone. She said she didn't have sex with Hawkins but that he had made inappropriate contact with her.

Hawkins was arrested and released on bail, but a warrant was issued for his arrest on Feb. 8, 2013, after he failed to appear at a court hearing that day. His bond was reinstated Feb. 22, 2013, after he and his attorney showed up in a Fort Worth court.

On Feb. 28, 2013, court records show, Hawkins' bond was once again held insufficient and a warrant was issued for his arrest on accusations that he had cut his ankle monitor.

Officials said a second case was filed against him alleging he engaged in sexual contact with another teen student.

This report includes information from Star-Telegram archives.

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