KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — A power-lifting coach at Lehman High School was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography after his wife found inappropriate photos of an underage girl on his phone.
Hays Consolidated Independent School District says Jonathan Proud, 29, resigned from his coaching and teaching position Wednesday morning, the same day he was booked into the Hays County Jail. The district says the case does not involve any HCISD students.
According to an arrest affidavit, on Feb. 11, Proud’s wife discovered inappropriate text messages and nude photos from a girl who she believed was underage. When Proud’s wife confronted him, he said he only texts the girl when he’s drunk, according to the affidavit.
The suspect’s wife told police she also called the girl who told her Proud was her powerlifting coach at Italy High School when she was 14 to 15 years old. According to the affidavit, the girl said Proud began contacting her with inappropriate messages in 2016 when he stopped working at Italy High School, but this past week was the first time she sent him pictures of herself because he asked her for a naked photo.
The girl continued to tell Proud’s wife that she “did not want that kind of communication” with Proud but she didn’t know what to do.
According to court documents, Proud’s wife notified Kyle police because of his employment and he coaches girls that are the same age as the girl in the text messages.
Students at Lehman High say they are in disbelief. “I went to my phone and searched it up and saw that it was coach Proud. I saw him around school. I can’t believe it, he seemed like a good guy,” said student Daniel Hernandez. “People keep putting on Twitter that they don’t think he would do something like that and defending him.”
The district says when it was notified of the warrant against Proud by the Kyle Police Department, the district placed him on administrative leave Monday morning and he was not allowed on campus or near any students. Proud had been employed with the district since August 2016 where he was a coach and also served as the interim athletic coordinator for the school.