Former Brownwood Lions soccer head coach Blake Danaher will serve 10 years on probation and permanently surrender his teaching certificate for having an improper relationship with a student during the 2013-’14 school year.
District Judge Steve Ellis approved a plea bargain Tuesday in 35th District Court in which Danaher, 32, pleaded guilty in exchange for a 10-year deferred adjudication. Danaher will not have a conviction on his record if he completes the probation.
Danaher will also pay a $3,500 fine as part of the plea bargain. The law does not require Danaher to register as a sex offender, defense attorney Todd Steele told Ellis.
Danaher pleaded guilty to improper relationship between educator and student, a second degree felony with a sentencing range of two to 20 years in prison.
Ellis asked Danaher if he has any previous convictions, and Danaher said he was convicted twice of DWI — once in Dallas and once in Albuquerque, N.M. Danaher said he completed misdemeanor probations in both cases.
Danaher said he will continue to live in Brown County.
“You’re going to have to seek other employment,” Ellis told Danaher. “If you have no job, you’re going to have to get a job.”
Brownwood police began investigating Danaher based on a Crime Stoppers tip, a complaint by Brownwood detective Robert Lee states.
The student in the improper relationship graduated in 2014, police said earlier.
Danaher, who began working for the Brownwood school district in 2013, was suspended by school Superintendent Dr. Joe Young on Jan. 31, 2017 and resigned a day later.
Young placed Danaher on suspension the same day he received a phone call from police with “disturbing and upsetting details” about the allegations, school officials said earlier.