Trial date set for former Coronado teacher charged with enticement of a minor

Plea agreement rejected by the court

Trial date set for former Coronado teacher charged with enticement of a minor
Coronado teacher arrested, charged with having a sexual relationship with a student. (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Scott Riley Hall, the former Coronado High School teacher charged in federal court for enticement of a minor will go to trial on April 15, 2019. If convicted, he faces a sentence of 10 years to life in prison.

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

Hall 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 states Hall could receive up to 5 years in prison. It also states he will serve a minimum of 5 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.

The judge rejected the plea agreement and said the case will 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, 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 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 students, 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,” court documents state.

Because his actions had the potential to result in unsupervised contact with a minor his probation officer determined it was a direct violation of his release agreement. As of Thursday, a federal judge ordered that Hall is restricted to 24-hour lock-down at his residence, with the exception of any medical issues, court appearances or other activities approved by the court.

Hall’s federal trial was scheduled to begin on December 3. In addition to the federal charges, Hall still faces charges in state court.

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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