Former Coach Sentenced In Two Counties For Student Relationship

A former Holliday softball coach has been sentenced in two different counties for having improper relations with an under aged student.

David Norris was found guilty Friday in Archer County of one count improper relationship with a student and one count of indecency with a child. He has been sentenced 5 years for each count in Archer and Wichita County concurrently. He will be serving that time at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Norris pleaded guilty to Sexual Assault and Improper Relations with a student in 30th District court on Wednesday morning.

Prosecutor Doby Kosub recommended 5 year sentences for each count, which judge Bob Brotherton accepted. The sentences will run concurrently and Norris was credited for 103 days served.

Once all the paperwork had been finalized, Norris' victim, who was 16 at the time of the offenses, addressed the court. In a shaky voice she said, "I Don't know why you picked me out and lied to me." She added every part of her life had been affected by this, but she would not let it define her.

Norris also addressed the court, apologizing to his victim, his wife and the community. He also had a message about his future. He said, "I will not let this define me as a person, nor will it take away from the positive impact I had on so many student athletes I had the pleasure of coaching over my last 9 years."

Counsel for the Defense, Bob Estrada, spoke with Newschannel 6 after the hearing. He said, "I believe that he's accepted responsibility for what he did and I believe that, after a frank assessment, he made the choice to enter a plea based on what he believed was in his best interest."

Estrada also addressed whether his client posed a risk to others once he's released. He said, "No, I have had an independent assessment that was done by an expert, a sex offender treatment provider, that rated him as a very low risk danger to society and to other potential victims."

Norris faces similar charges in Archer County. He'll be in the Archer County Courthouse on Friday morning for another hearing. Newschannel 6 will be there as well - stay with 6 as we continue to cover this story.

Jack Lamson, Newschannel 6