Oklahoma City ex-high school coach pleads guilty to filming players undress

Michael Gene Hestand, 46, of Yukon, was fired from Western Heights High School in 2009; he faces up to life in prison when sentenced.
by Tim Willert Published: June 14, 2012
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A former Oklahoma City high school coach pleaded guilty Wednesday to secretly videotaping his girls' softball team while players changed clothes in the locker room.

Michael Gene Hestand, 46, of Yukon, pleaded guilty to five counts of taking clandestine photographs.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated possession of obscene material involving the participation of minors under the age of 18, and one count of engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses in two or more counties.

Hestand previously admitted to videotaping his players and having 100 images of child pornography on his home computer.

He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced July 30. His sentence will be decided by Oklahoma County District Judge Ray C. Elliott because Hestand did not have an agreement with prosecutors when he entered his plea.

Prosecutors had offered Hestand 15 years in prison and 10 years probation, but he rejected the deal, Assistant District Attorney Suzanne Lavenue told the judge.

Hestand remains free on bond pending sentencing. Neither he nor his attorney would answer questions outside the courtroom.

Hestand was a teacher and coach at Western Heights High School.

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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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