Sex suspect accused of bond violation; arrested again

November 9, 2013


The 26-year-old former Lipan coach and teacher facing multiple felony counts involving sexual misconduct and improper relationships with students is now back in jail because of a bond violation, Hood County District Attorney Rob Christian confirmed Tuesday.

Tyson James Nolen, a Weatherford resident, was taken into custody earlier this week in Parker County. He was booked into the Hood County Jail on Wednesday. Christian only confirmed that Tyson had “an alleged violation of the conditions of his bond,” but did not specify what had occurred.

Nolen is facing one count of sexual assault of a child, one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child (victim under age 14), and indecency with a child/sexual contact, plus two counts of improper relationship between an educator and a student.

Incidentally, on Oct. 30 Nolen was re-indicted by the Hood County grand jury on the continuous sexual abuse of a child count. Some changes were made in the wording of the document, but the original charge remained the same.

A felony sexual abuse charge is categorized as continuous if it involves at least two sexual acts against a victim over a period of 30 or more days. The penalty for committing that crime, which is a first-degree felony, ranges from 25 years to life in prison.

Nolen’s original arrest was March 19 while on the job at school in Lipan where he taught history and government classes as well as being the varsity baseball coach. He was released from the Hood County Jail May 13 after posting bonds totaling $160,000.

Nolen appeared in district court on Sept. 17 for a previous bond hearing before Judge Ralph Walton and admitted to being 12 minutes late on his court-ordered night curfew, which was electronically monitored.

Walton did not revoke Nolen’s bond at that time, but warned him that if there were other bond violations, “Next time I’ll set bond so high you can’t make it.”

There now is a Nov. 12 court date for Nolen on a motion to revoke his conditional bond. His trial is tentatively set to begin later this year.

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