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.
“It’s hard to describe the feeling, but I wasn’t OK. I needed to talk to somebody back then who would listen,” she testified.
Nash testified that the two never had sex, and several items — including his liquor and condoms — were not found by police in areas of his home where she said they were.
Defense attorney David Slane also presented a receipt from a bar that showed he was out drinking during the window when their first sexual encounter was reported to have taken place.
But the items easily could have been moved, Bass said, and there were many other occasions in which the two could have had sex.
Bass also questioned why Nash would have left several other students intoxicated in a house, but only took one home and did not report the incident, or call parents and authorities.
“A responsible teacher would have seen these kids home safely,” Bass said.
The second day of trial was delayed while Nash pondered a plea agreement for probation offered by prosecutors. He rejected the offer.
Slane also has challenged the law, which makes it a crime for a teacher to have sex with a student even if the sex is voluntary and the student is of the age of consent. Age of consent is 16 in Oklahoma.
Bass did not consider the constitutionality of the law during the trial.
Slane says he will appeal the verdict.
“We respect the judge’s ruling, but we respectfully disagree,” Slane said.
“I will save my arguments for the courtroom about what’s fair for Mr. Nash,” he said.
“Our hopes are that, at this point, that the judge would strongly consider probation,” Slane said. “We don’t think he’s the type of person who needs to go to prison.”
A civil lawsuit filed by the victim against Nash also is pending in Oklahoma County.
Sentencing is set for May 29.