Former New Boston coach gets probation for sexual misconduct with student

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NEW BOSTON, Texas: A former New Boston Independent School District coach received probation from the jury Thursday after they found him guilty of indecency with a child and improper relationship between educator and student.

Zachary Tyler Moody, 43, claimed his groping of teens was a joke and not for sexual gratification. Moody was fired from his job and charged criminally after a 15-year-old boy reported that Moody cornered him in a hallway in the field house during athletics class April 10, 2017.

After finding Moody guilty the jury sentenced him to five years on the indecency charge and 10 years on the improper relationship between educator and student but recommended the terms be probated. Fifth District Judge Bill Miller is required to follow the recommendation and placed Moody on a 10-year term of probation.

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Moody could be sentenced to prison if he fails to follow the conditions of his probation. He must also register as a sex offender.

Moody was represented by Texarkana attorney Bart Craytor. Assistant District Attorney Katie Carter represented the state.

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