NEW BOSTON, Texas: A jury trial is underway this week at the Bowie County courthouse for a former New Boston Independent School District coach accused of sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old male student.
Zachary Tyler Moody, 43, is charged with improper relationship between educator and student and with two counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact alleged to have occurred in a locker room in April 2017. All three alleged crimes are punishable by two to 20 years in prison.
The alleged victim was walking in the locker room toward an exit door when he was allegedly approached by Moody in a hallway and groped. The boy reported that he hid in a locked bathroom stall until his athletics class and the school day ended, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Moody allegedly sent the boy a text message that night in which he apologized. The boy and his parents reported the incident to New Boston police the same night, April 10, 2017.
A jury was chosen Tuesday and trial testimony began Wednesday and is scheduled to continue Thursday before 5th District Judge Bill Miller. Assistant District Attorney Katie Carter is representing the state and Texarkana attorney Bart Craytor is representing Moody.