Weatherford Democrat

December 4, 2013

Lipan teacher gets 54 years for sexually abusing students


Weatherford Democrat

— By CHRISTIN COYNE

A Lipan ISD baseball coach from Weatherford was found guilty Wednesday of sexually abusing three students and was sentenced to 54 years in prison.

A Hood County jury found Tyson James Nolen, 26, guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, after three girls between the ages of 13 and 16 years old testified Tuesday that he molested them.

“I am proud that the victims had the courage to tell the details of their abuse in the courtroom,” Hood County District Attorney Rob Christian said. “I am glad that the jury carefully considered their testimony. I believe justice was done.”

The father of one student read about the abuse in his daughter’s journal and called the Hood County Sheriff’s Office, according to Christian, who said his office conducted the investigation.

Nolen, who taught World History and World Geography in addition to his coaching responsibilities, molested the girls between classes and at school after an after-school program, Christian said, who said he believes the sexual abuse occurred for two to three months at the end of 2012 and in early 2013.

“We were never able to prove there were any other victims,” Christian said of the man who was in his second year with the school district. “I have my suspicions.”

Nolen was released on bond after his March 19 arrest but was jailed again Nov. 1 after he violated the conditions of his bond requiring him to stay away from schools and other places where children congregate. Wearing an ankle monitor, Nolen was caught driving within 200 yards of the Weatherford ISD Ninth Grade Center as he was warned not to do, Christian said.

Nolen will not be eligible for parole or early release, Christian said.