Former Western Heights Coach Found Guilty Of Rape

Friday, April 25th 2014, 10:47 am
By: News 9

A former Western Heights coach has been found guilty of rape.

At about 10:30 a.m. Friday, the judge handed down a guilty verdict for Tyrone Nash, who was charged for having sex with a Western Heights student.

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The allegations were first brought to light when the student came forward claiming she had a sexual relationship with Nash from 2010 to 2011. On Wednesday, the student testified they had sex more than 10 times.

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The state and the defense both agreed to waive the jury trial.

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Judge Jerry Bass reviewed all the evidence presented in the case. Friday morning, he told Tyrone Nash that a responsible teacher would handle several situations differently. The judge said a teacher and student exchanging 4500 texts in a year and half is not normal.

The judge also said the 16-year-old victim testified many intimate details about Nash and his home. He found Nash guilty on all five counts of second-degree rape and five counts of forcible oral sodomy.

Assistant District Attorney Gayland Gieger was pleased with the verdict.

"Nash as a teacher held responsibility over children in our community and I'm afraid he has done irreparable damage to this [victim,]" Gieger said.

Nash's defense attorney David Slane said his next step is to make sure Nash does not do prison time.

Rape in the second-degree carries a punishment of up to 15 years on each count. Forcible oral sodomy carries a punishment of up to 20 years on each count.

Nash's sentencing is set for May 29. He will be in custody at the Oklahoma County Jail until then.