Former TK Gorman coach accused of breaking into UT-Tyler student’s dorm pleads guilty

Former TK Gorman coach accused of breaking into UT-Tyler student’s dorm pleads guilty
Jakeal Latrenton Lockett

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - A coach at a Tyler school who was arrested after he allegedly took a resident assistant’s master key card and let himself into a University of Texas at Tyler student’s room has pleaded guilty to the crime.

Jakeal Latrenton Lockett, 25, of Beaumont, entered a plea of guilty to the offense of second-degree burglary with intent to commit assault on Monday in Judge Kerry Russell’s court.

According to attorney Buck Files, the state is recommending a seven year deferred ajudication probation. There will be a sentencing hearing on September 20, Files says.

According to an arrest affidavit, Lockett entered the student’s room at the Liberty Landing Apartment Complex using a master key card and PIN he had taken from a resident assistant without her knowledge.

He then entered the student’s bedroom where she had been asleep and sat on the bed waking her, the document states. The student and Lockett knew of each other through a mutual acquaintance who played basketball at a private school.

Lockett allegedly grabbed her “several times utilizing both of his arms, pulling her close into him and then attempting to kiss her on the mouth without the victim’s effective consent.”

He told the student he’d brought her breakfast and attempted to have a conversation with her before again hugging, attempting to kiss and “laying on top of the victim while she was in bed,” the document alleges.

Lockett then left, “but not before removing the receipt that had been stapled to the Whataburger bag that he had entered the room with that would have further identified him.”

The missing key was discovered when the RA received a phone call from a student who lost their key and needed to access their room. According to the documents, Lockett and the RA were dating at the time of the incident.

An officer also learned that Lockett had the RA’s PIN that allows entry into all apartments in the complex.

During an interview, Lockett admitted to entering the student’s room.

According to TK Gorman school officials, Lockett is no longer employed with the school.

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