Former Coronado teacher accused of inappropriate relationship taking his appeal to Fifth Circuit

Former Coronado teacher accused of inappropriate relationship taking his appeal to Fifth Circuit
Coronado teacher arrested, charged with having a sexual relationship with a student. (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The attorney for former Coronado teacher Scott Riley Hall has filed an interlocutory appeal, asking the U.S. Fifth Circuit to reconsider the plea deal that was rejected by a Lubbock federal judge back in November 2018, and again on March 22.

Hall, an art teacher at the school, was arrested in October 2018 after the relationship with an underage student came to light.

Charged with enticement of a minor, Hall would face a sentence of 10 years up to life in prison if convicted at trial, but he signed a plea agreement, admitting to using his cell phone to contact the girl in an attempt to entice her into a sexual relationship. The plea deal said Hall could receive up to five years in prison with a minimum of five years supervised release.

The agreement stated the government and Hall’s attorney recommend a 15-year supervised release and that he have no contact with the girl. He also agrees to pay the girl $20,000 as restitution and will register as a sex offender.

But the judge rejected the plea agreement and directed that the case go to trial.

This comes after Hall violated conditions of his pretrial release after he waved to a 15-year-old at a gas station.

Hall agreed in early October to the conditions of not seeking employment at a place not frequented by minors, to surrender his passport, attend mental health counseling, not consume alcohol, have a location monitor and not have unsupervised contact with anyone under 18 years of age.

However, Hall told his probation officer on Dec. 21, 2018 that he attempted to wave at a 15-year-old girl who was a former student of his, according to court documents.

Hall reported that on his way home from his grandfather’s house, where he works, he stopped at a Market Street grocery store, at the intersection of Indiana Avenue and 50th Street, to get gas. While trying to find a gas pump he saw a former student, got excited and waved at her from his vehicle.

“He further stated that he stopped and thought that he probably should not have done that and immediately left the parking lot and returned to his residence,” according to court documents.

A federal judge ordered that Hall be restricted to 24-hour lockdown at his residence, with the exception of any medical issues, court appearances or other activities approved by the court.

The court denied a motion for reconsideration of his plea agreement on March 22, 2019, so now Hall’s attorney is taking his appeal to the U.S. Fifth Circuit and asking the court to suspend proceedings until this is resolved.

Hall, 41, was in his second year of teaching art at Coronado High School. He graduated from Texas Tech in May 2017.

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