Ex-coach in Oklahoma City is sentenced to prison for taking secret photos, child porn

Michael Gene Hestand, 46, of Yukon, admitted secretly videotaping his Western Heights girls' softball team while players changed clothes in the locker room. He was sentenced Thursday to 17 years in prison and 15 years' probation.
by Tim Willert Published: August 10, 2012

The judge took exception to letters written on behalf of Hestand in which the defendant was portrayed as an “upstanding citizen” and a person with “very good moral character.”

“I respectfully disagree,” Elliott said. “You were not a good moral character and you were not an upstanding citizen.”

Hestand, who acknowledged a pornography addiction, apologized to his victims and others hurt by his actions.

“I know I have to live with what I've done,” he said. “I realize I've let people down and destroyed their trust.”

Hestand, a teacher and coach at Western Heights High School, was fired in December 2009 after adult male pornography was found on his school computer.

Police started investigating him in May 2010, when the new coach found a video camera and tapes in the softball equipment room. The new coach notified school officials after watching one tape and seeing partially dressed and nude players from 2009.

The new coach recognized one girl, who was then a freshman and about 14.

Police officers also viewed the tapes and found evidence the girls were recorded on different days in the locker room, and the hidden camera was repositioned to capture a better angle.

Prosecutors said Hestand committed his crimes in Canadian and Oklahoma counties.


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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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