Burkburnett Coach Charged for Tampering with Evidence

A middle school coach in Burkburnett has been arrested for sending inappropriate text messages to a student.

According to the affidavit, on February 12, 2015, a police officer was dispatched to investigate a call about inappropriate text messages sent between a teacher and a student. During the investigation, it was determined that a picture of a 14-year-old student was sent via text message from the student to the coach. The coach was identified as 23-year-old Jarrin Jermaine Gould.

The school's principal says that Gould had come forth with information pertaining to the case. Gould's version was that his 16-year-old cousin had admitted sending the texts and that he was unaware at the time as to why. 

Gould said he was not the one who had sent the texts. Gould provided text message screenshots to the school showing where the cousin admitted to sending the text messages.

On February 20,2015, police interviewed Gould, who explained the events that matched the version he gave to the school. Gould stated he knew the messages came from his phone, but he was not the one who sent them.

On February 24, 2015, detectives also interviewed the mother of Gould's cousin. Evidence was recovered that indicated the message log provided by Gould to the school was fabricated.

Detectives then contacted Gould again, and he admitted to fabricating the text messages between him and his cousin.

Gould stated he did it so he would not get in trouble with the school or his family. Gould also gave his reasoning for the text message he sent to the student.

Gould was then charged with Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence.

He has since bonded out of jail.