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Hallettsville coach charged with indecency with a child

By MIKE FORMAN
May 26, 2010 at 12:26 a.m.
Updated May 27, 2010 at 12:27 a.m.


A Hallettsville High School coach has been placed on administrative leave with pay after being arrested and charged with four counts of indecency with a child.

Troy Edward Hines, who is in his early 30s, was arrested Monday in Lavaca County and taken to Fayette County where the charges were filed, according to Schulenburg Police Chief Troy Brenek.

Brenek said Hines was released on $100,000 bond.

Brenek said the charges are based on actions that are alleged to have taken place in 2006 when Hines was a teacher at St. Rose of Lima School in Schulenburg.

Brenek refused to be more specific about the charges, and Fayette County Attorney Peggy Supak was in court Wednesday and did not return calls.

Jo Ann Bludau, superintendent of the Hallettsville school district, released a statement Wednesday that she said was similar to a letter sent to parents of students in the district.

Bludau did not use Hines' name in the statement, but spelled out the district's course of action.

"I wish to assure our parents and community members that the allegations do not involve any student of Hallettsville ISD, and so we have no reason to believe that the teacher in question engaged in any criminal conduct with any of our students," Bludau said in the statement. "Nevertheless, I encourage parents to speak with their children about this matter, and advise me immediately if you have any information to suggest any type of impropriety may have occurred so that the district can promptly look into the matter."

Hines graduated from Hallettsville High School in 1996 and has been teaching and coaching at the school for the past four years.

He was the head track and field coach and an assistant coach on the boys basketball team that advanced to this year's state tournament.

Hines' colleagues at Hallettsville expressed shock at the charges, but refused to comment.

Indecency with a child is either a second- or third-degree felony that carries a penalty of two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

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