Coach accused of sex crimes speaks out before trial
OKLAHOMA CITY – A former Western Heights coach and teacher said he is speaking publicly for the last time before he goes to trial in May.
Tyrone Nash is charged with five counts of second-degree rape and five counts of forcible oral sodomy after a student came forward in 2011 telling school officials she had consensual sex with the basketball coach.
“For me, it’s extremely frustrating, especially for a guy as myself that has never been in trouble with the law,” Nash said.
Nash was hoping to avoid trial by challenging the constitutionality of the law prohibiting school employees from having consensual sex with a student, even if that student is of legal age.
But the Court of Criminal Appeals declined to hear the argument.
“They essentially said that it was not timely and that if he were ever convicted, he could always appeal,” Nash’s attorney, David Slane, said.
Nash continues to maintain his innocence on the charges and he and his attorneys are releasing for the first time the specific results of a polygraph they say affirms that.
In the exam, Nash was specifically asked if he ever had sexual intercourse with the alleged victim.
He answered no.
And the polygraph examiner said it was his opinion that Nash was being truthful.
“For him to confirm that I was telling the truth was like a huge lift that somebody actually understands that what I’m saying is true,” said Nash.
Nash has also been served with a civil lawsuit filed by the student who alleges she had sex with him.
His attorney says that calls her motives into question.
“This young woman has now filed a lawsuit asking for money. And we feel like that really shows what her true motivation is,” said Slane.
Polygraph exams are not admissible in court, so the results of the test will not be part of the trial.
But Slane says Nash plans to take the stand in his own defense.
The trial is scheduled to begin May 6.