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Former Western Heights High School coach guilty of rape

An Oklahoma County judge convicted a former Western Heights High School basketball coach of rape Friday morning.
by Matt Dinger Modified: April 25, 2014 at 7:22 pm •  Published: April 26, 2014

An Oklahoma County judge Friday morning found a former Western Heights High School basketball coach guilty of rape.

District Judge Jerry Bass did not choose a sentence.

Tyrone Lamont Nash, 34, was found guilty on five counts of second-degree rape and five counts of forcible oral sodomy.

He will remain in the Oklahoma County jail until sentencing.

Nash was charged in September 2011 after a female student came forth with the allegations. He was a physical education teacher and basketball coach at the school.

The bench trial, which lasted three days, included the testimonies of both Nash and the victim. Much of the testimony involved graphic sexual detail of the encounters and Nash’s anatomy.

The victim was 16 years old when they started having sex, she testified.

The victim testified that she had gotten Nash’s cellphone number by taking his phone while he was playing basketball in the school gym.

The two exchanged thousands of text messages in the subsequent year.

“I thought he was kind of cool, and he was cool to talk to,” she testified.

The first night they had sex, Nash picked her up from a home where she was getting intoxicated with other students. The victim said he took her to his home and Nash testified that he later dropped her off in the vicinity of her home.

They had intercourse more than 10 times over the next several months, the victim said. She ended the relationship in March 2011 and told her parents about the incidents in September of that year.

“Seeing him at school really bothered me, and it was really uncomfortable,” the victim testified.

“It made me feel disgusted and embarrassed, and it’s hard for me to come down and talk about what happened in court,” she testified.

The victim also said she suffered abuse at home and used Nash as a confidant and his house as a place to escape her troubled life.

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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