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GUILTY: Judge finds former teacher, coach accused of rape, sex crimes guilty

OKLAHOMA CITY – A former high school coach in the metro is found guilty of having a sexual relationship with a teenage student.

On Friday, a judge convicted Tyrone Nash of five counts of rape and five counts of forcible oral sodomy.

Unlike most felony cases, this one did not involve a jury.

Instead, both sides agreed to let the judge hear the evidence and reach a verdict.

David Slane, Nash’s attorney, said, “I shouldn’t second guess the judge. I think he gave us a fair shake. We respectfully disagree.”

Slane says Nash still denies having consensual sex with a former teenage student at Nash’s home

The former boys basketball coach at Western Heights High School met the 16-year-old student at school and allegedly carried on a 2 year sexual relationship.

Gayland Gieger, the assistant district attorney, said, “There’s no doubt students are entrusted to teachers care and it’s their responsibility to look out for their best interest. That didn’t happen with Mr. Nash.”

During trial, Nash turned down a deal by prosecutors that would have resulted in probation only.

Slane said, “He just simply did not want to plead guilty for whatever reasons.”

One legal expert thinks that Nash agreeing to let the judge hear the case and not a jury may minimize his punishment.

David McKenzie, another attorney, said, “With a judge trial, the judge might be a lot more lenient.”

Slane said, “We do intend to appeal and we plan to challenge the law itself.”

Even as Nash is led to jail, he will continue to fight state statute, which makes it a crime for any school employee to have sex with a student even if the sex is consensual and the student is of legal consenting age.

Prosecutors hope the verdict gives the alleged victim peace of mind.

Gieger said, “We can’t fix what he broke, but she can move forward and know that her side of the story was finally heard.”

The judge did not consider the constitutionality of the law during the trial.

Sentencing is now set for late next month.