Former Lipan coach avoids having bond revoked

September 21, 2013

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The former Lipan High School teacher and baseball coach facing five felony counts involving alleged sexual offenses against three underage students admitted Tuesday afternoon in court he violated his bond-related curfew time by 12 minutes.

He was granted a second chance and remains free.

Tyson James (T.J.) Nolen admitted during the hearing in 355th Judicial District Court to breaking the curfew while being out late “eating dinner.”

Judge Ralph Walton sternly asked him, “What part of 11 o’clock do you not understand?”

Nolen, 26, apologized and said it would not happen again. After a pause, Walton told Nolen that “this one time” he would grant a “concession” and not revoke his bond.

Walton warned Nolen that if he has one more infraction of the terms of his bond release – even one minute late on his curfew – “Next time I’ll set bond so high you can’t make it.”

Nolen confirmed that he understood Walton’s meaning – that any additional violation could send him back to jail to await his trial, possibly later this year.

The Hood County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to revoke bond on Nolen, who resides in Weatherford. Prosecutors alleged that on Aug. 24 Nolen didn’t return home until 11:12 p.m.

The time was being electronically monitored through the county’s Adult Probation Department, according the program’s coordinator, Chris King, under questioning from Assistant District Attorney Patrick Berry.

Nolen was arrested March 19 and released May 13 after posting bonds totaling $160,000.

He faces five felony charges:

Sex abuse of a child continuous (victim under age 14)

Sexual assault of a child

Indecency with a child

Two separate counts of improper relationship between an educator and a student

King testified about the curfew violation, but also stated when questioned by defense attorney Shay Isham that Nolen had “substantially” complied with his probation conditions since being placed on supervision and wearing the electronic monitor.

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