No criminal charges for Slaton baseball coach - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

No criminal charges for Slaton baseball coach

Randy Gattis (KCBD File Photo) Randy Gattis (KCBD File Photo)

Slaton police say there's no evidence of criminal behavior in the case of a former Slaton baseball coach accused of sending an inappropriate text message to a student.

Coach Randy Gattis coached the high school baseball team for nearly two years before resigning last month.

The resignation came after Slaton ISD conducted an internal review.

Back in October, Slaton ISD Superintendent Jim Taliaferro told KCBD, "As soon as we had evidence, the resignation came. And that's the way it needs to work."

Police say a text message was sent, but the coach's actions were not criminal.

Gattis has released a statement through his attorney, Curtis Parrish, on Thursday:

"Randy is pleased that the Slaton Police Department, after a full and thorough investigation, has closed the case against him as unfounded. Randy is thankful to the officers and detectives for their diligence in clearing him of these allegations.

"Coach Gattis is hopeful that the students, parents, faculty, and administration will find peace and healing, so that they will be able to focus on the primary goal of providing quality academics and athletic programs at Slaton High School."

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Per his lawyer Curtis Parrish

"Randy is pleased that the Slaton Police Department, after a full and thorough investigation, has closed the case against him as unfounded.  Randy is thankful to the officers and detectives for their diligence in clearing him of these allegations.

Coach Gattis is hopeful that the students, parents, faculty, and administration will find peace and healing, so that they will be able to focus on the primary goal of providing quality academics and athletic programs at Slaton High School."

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