Former LISD softball coach arrested following indictments

Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office

LISD Website

 Former Levelland softball coach, Scot Justin Hays, was arrested today following Wednesday’s grand jury indictments in the 286th District Court, and booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center just after noon.

Hays was arrested on two counts of indecency with a child/sexual contact. The first allegation reportedly occurred on April 29 and the second on May 5. The indictment states for the first count, that the coach committed the offense “by touching the genitals of the complainant, a child younger than 17 years of age,” while the second count states the coach committed the offense “by touching the breast of the complainant, a child younger than 17 years of age.” Bond for the indictment was set at $10,000.

The second felony indictment was for online solicitation of a minor. The incident is said to have occurred May 13, and alleges the man “knowingly solicit by text message the complainant to meet the defendant.” Bond for the indictment was set at $5,000.

A statement from Superintendent Jeff Northern, issued May 26, said “Tuesday, May 17, 2016, Levelland ISD was made aware of an allegation of possible inappropriate electronic communication between one of its teacher/coaches and a Levelland ISD student. The district immediately placed the employee on paid administrative leave while it conducted an investigation regarding the allegations. On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the employee resigned his employment with the District.”

Hays’ resignation was approved by the LISD Board of Trustees at the June 16 meeting, where it said his resignation was made effective May 27, 2016.

‘The safety of our students is the most important thing and we’re going to do everything we can to protect them,’ said Jeff Northern, LISD Superintendent.

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