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Former Levelland coach gets probation

By Kati Moody
News Editor

A former Levelland softball coach and teacher was sentenced to six years of community supervision, Friday, after he entered a plea of guilt for an improper relationship between an educator and student.

Justin Hays, 43, was arrested August 25, 2016 after he was indicted for indecency with a child and online solicitation of a minor.

Jason Bujnosek, assistant district attorney, was the prosecuting attorney for the state. Pat Phelan, District Judge, asked Bujnosek whether the victim was aware of the plea bargain.

“My understanding is that the victim has been consulted,” Bujnosek said.

Hays was sentenced Friday, nearly two years after an investigation was initiated through the Levelland Police Department in May 2016.

As a part of the plea bargain through the 286th District Attorney’s Office, Hays will surrender his teaching certificate.

Frank Sellers, attorney for the defendant, noted in court Friday that the offense is a non-registerable offense. Thus, Hays will not be required to register as a sex offender.

Hays was also fined $750 and required to pay court costs in the amount of $345.

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