LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County grand jury has indicted a former Zavalla baseball coach for felony online solicitation of a minor and improper relationship between an educator and a student charges.
The charges against Richard Warren Cratty Jr., 31, of Nacogdoches, are both second-degree felonies, and they stem from allegations that he had improper communication and relationships with two students.
Collectively, Cratty's bail amount has been set at $225,000.
Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrested Cratty twice within a week in October of 2016 after one 16-year-old student alleged Cratty had her send him pictures of her in her lingerie, and he sent her inappropriate pictures. A second student, who was 17, alleged Cratty touched her inappropriately.
The Texas Education Agency had been investigating Cratty's alleged actions since July of 2016.
Cratty's personnel file from Center ISD contains a subpoena from the Texas Education Agency, dated July 7. The subpoena states Cratty is accused of violating the following Texas Administrator Codes:
- The educator shall not intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly treat a student or minor in a manner that adversely affects or endangers the learning, physical health, mental health, or safety of the student or minor.
- The educator shall not solicit or engage in sexual conduct or a romantic relationship with a student or minor.The educator shall maintain appropriate professional educator-student relationships and boundaries based on a reasonably prudent educator standard.
- KTRE obtained Cratty's personnel file from Center ISD after submitting an open records request.
KTRE has also submitted open records requests with the school districts of Woden, Cushing and Zavalla for Cratty's personnel file.
All three districts, which are represented by Karczewski and Bradshaw LLP, have issued a request for opinion from the Texas Attorney General's Office, stating they believe part of the files should not be released, citing a criminal investigation, among other reasons.
Haglund Law Firm represents Center ISD.
In Cratty's application to Center ISD, he stated "no" to having ever been convicted of "a violation of law other than a minor traffic violation."
However records show Cratty was arrested in 2011 on a charge of Class-C assault, after a student at Woden ISD said Cratty pulled her into an intimate hug and kissed her on the cheek.
The grand jury also indicted Joshua Sterling Day, 23, of Diboll, on three first-degree felony aggravated assault against a public servant, two third-degree felony assault of a public servant charges, and a third-degree felony obstruction or retaliation charge in connection to allegations that he ambushed Angelina County Sheriff's Office deputies and shot at them with a scoped rifle on Jan. 7.
Day is still being held in the county jail, and his collective bail amount has been set at $200,000.
Jaime Moreno Jr., 38, of Diboll, was also among the 50 people indicted by Angelina County grand jury. He was indicted on a second-degree felony possession of a controlled substance charge and a third-degree felony.
According to the arrest affidavit, Moreno allegedly assaulted an ACSO deputy who had taken him into custody on a felony drug charge and then escaped from the deputy's custody twice.
Moreno is still being held in the county jail, and his collective bail amount has been set at $50,000.