The former Lipan ISD teacher and coach already facing multiple felony charges in connection with alleged sex crimes against students is facing a new count – one that would not offer hope for probation.
Tyson James (“T.J.”) Nolen, 25, of Weatherford, on Thursday was charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child in connection with alleged offenses committed against a female student under age 14.
Because of the nature of the first-degree felony charge, which carries a penalty range of 25 years to life in prison, probation is not available, District Attorney Rob Christian said. The alleged crime is categorized as “continuous” aggravated sexual abuse because it involved at least two acts over a period of 30 or more days against a victim under 14.
The criminal complaint states that during the investigation of Nolen, the third alleged victim was interviewed by a trained forensic interviewer at the Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center.
“During the interview, Victim made an outcry that (Nolen) had been sexually abusing Victim beginning on or about December 1, 2012, through March 1, 2013,” the complaint states. Victim advised the sexual abuse happened in (Nolen’s) classroom at Lipan Independent School District campus.”
Nolen was arrested March 19 at the high school by members of the Hood County Crimes Against Children Task Force and charged with sexual assault of a 16-year-old female student. The next day, a charge of indecency with a child was added. Both of those counts involved 16-year-old female students at the high school. Nolen also faces second-degree felony counts of improper relationship between an educator and a student in those two cases.
The punishment range on each of those second-degree felonies is 2-20 years in prison, and probation is a possibility, Christian said.
As of last Friday afternoon, Christian said he did not know of any additional charges to be filed against Nolen.
Nolen, who has been relieved of his duties and is on paid administrative leave the remainder of the school year, was in his second year working for the Lipan ISD after graduating from Wayland Baptist University.
He taught history and geography for the school, and was named head varsity baseball coach this season. He also coached junior high boys basketball for Lipan.
Nolen remains in the Hood County Jail on bonds totaling $375,000, according to booking records.
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