Coleman guilty of sex offenses

Adam ColemanFormer Myrtle high school teacher and coach Adam Coleman was sentenced to 15 years in prison, 11 of them suspended, at the conclusion of a hearing held Monday afternoon in Tippah County Circuit Court.
Coleman pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery and one count of enticement of a child and will serve four years day by day in prison.
He was arrested in March of last year after three victims, students at the school, came forward with reports of inappropriate behavior on Coleman’s part directed at them.  A grand jury handed down an indictment containing the charges a month later.
The four-hour hearing on Monday, presided over by Circuit Court Judge Robert Elliot, included testimony of both the prosecution’s witnesses and witnesses for the defendant.
As part of the sentencing terms, each of the three counts will run concurrently.  Coleman will be required to undergo a psychological evaluation while in prison and will be on probation for five years once he is released.  He will also be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life and is prohibited from any contact with the victims.
District Attorney Ben Creekmore said the conviction and subsequent sentence was an important one to keeping children safe.
“I hope this sentence goes a long way to prevent this from happening again,” Creekmore said.
Coleman, an assistant coach for Myrtle Attendance Center’s baseball team for seven years, also has served as the junior high baseball coach and as a math teacher.
Coleman submitted his resignation to the Union County School District shortly after his arrest.  The school district’s Board of Trustees accepted his resignation during its April board meeting.

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