Former East Texas coach re-indicted after third victim discovered

Photo Source: Harrison County
Photo Source: Harrison County

HARRISON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A former Marshall football coach is indicted on four counts of online solicitation of a minor. Michael Townsend, 28, was indicted Tuesday in Harrison County.

Townsend was arrested back in February 2009 after Marshall police say he sent numerous inappropriate text messages to two female Marshall High School students. Since then a third victim was found, say authorities, so Townsend had to be re-indicted.

Three counts are third degree felonies, punishable with 2-10 years imprisonment and the fourth is a 2nd degree felony with punishment of 2-20 years. That alleged offense is requesting sex.

According to initial reports, Marshall Police Department had received a complaint a month prior to Townsend's arrest from two females concerning inappropriate text messages being received from a staff member of the school district. After further investigation, officials discovered the messages were from Townsend, who was the offensive line varsity football coach and in-school suspension instructor at the time.

Investigators say Townsend had sent numerous text messages of an inappropriate nature to students on several occasions. The former coach was placed on suspension on January 16th, a day after the complaint was filed, and resigned from his position on February 3rd.

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