Former Longview teacher gets 14-year sentence on child sex charge

Former Longview teacher gets 14-year sentence on child sex charge
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POSTED: Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 8:30pm

UPDATED: Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 8:32pm

A former Longview ISD teacher pleaded guilty Friday to sexual assault of a child and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Robert Craig Varnell, 57, of Holly Lake Ranch was arrested in May 2011 and released from jail on bond in November 2011. He was booked back into the Gregg County Jail on Sept. 13, 2012.

At the time of that arrest, he was a teacher and co-UIL coordinator at Longview High School. He resigned following his arrest.
Jail records showed a second charge of indecency with a child by sexual contact was dismissed.

A criminal docket document showed Varnell waived his right to a jury trial, and that Varnell would receive time credited for the 806 days he has spent in jail. 

Read more at the Longview News-Journal. 

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