Former McNeil HS coach was warned about texting with student in 2013

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ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A Round Rock track coach who was arrested in April on charges he had an inappropriate relationship with a student had been reprimanded before, according to newly released personnel files from Round Rock ISD. McNeil High School cross country coach Christopher “Chris” Cotten, 41, is facing charges of indecency with a child by sexual contact, improper relationship between educator and a student and distribution of harmful material to a minor.

In 2013, the principal of McNeil High sent Cotten a memo regarding concerns he had with Cotten’s electronic communication with a student at the school. The memo stated Cotten received a training course and outlined responsibilities when it comes to texting students. Cotten was urged to “use traditional correspondence” and “keep all texts to student brief, professional school-related and relevant to your duties.”

In April, a 16-year-old girl, who is a student at McNeil HS, told police Cotten kissed her when he drove her home from practice in March, according to an arrest affidavit. After the physical encounter, the victim said Cotten sent her several texts with inappropriate photos via a third party texting application.

The District was notified of the complaint on April 9 and on the same day, Cotten was place on administrative leave. According to the personnel documents, Cotten resigned six days later. A spokesperson for RRISD says Cotten has been employed with the district since 2004.

In a statement, RRISD says, “It is important that our students, staff, and parents work together to report incidents or concerns of inappropriate relationships immediately, either directly to an administrator, teacher, or resource officer. Any inappropriate relationship between a staff member and a child is inexcusable and all incidents will be investigated and handled according to the fullest extent of the law and district policy.”

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