Apr 18, 2012 8:01 PM

Former Altar Valley coach indicted for Sexual Conduct with a Minor

TUCSON - The former Altar Valley wrestling coach who was arrested for Sexual Conduct with a Minor after reporting his assistant's alleged sex crime was indicted today.

Todd Hezlitt, 38, has been indicted on five counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor Under 18.

In February, Hezlitt was fired from the Altar Valley School District. He waited too long to report an assistant coach for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to a student.

In a February interview, Hezlitt said he was upset about his assistant coach's behavior.

"Anger went through my head," Hezlitt said, "because I'm a father myself, and I could only imagine if this had happened to my daughter."

Pima County Sheriff's detectives went to an Altar Valley school on March 27. They received a tip that Hezlitt may have had a relationship with a 15-year-old.

The alleged relationship started in October, according to court records.

When detectives talked to the alleged victim, she said she did have a relationship with Hezlitt.
Detectives served a warrant and searched Hezlitt's Three Points house Wednesday. They took a computer for evidence.

Hezlitt was not home but was later arrested at a Northwest Tucson apartment.

Hezlitt was held on a $50,000 bond. His next court date is April 16.

Hezlitt was hired as a part-time bus driver for the Altar Valley School District last summer. He also coached the wrestling team, which was another part-time, seasonal job.

In February, Hezlitt believed he was fired unjustly.

Altar Valley School District superintendent Nathan McCann said Hezlitt knew he was supposed to report all child abuse immediately. McCann said Hezlitt had several supervisors' cell phone numbers available at all times.

The district provided a document with Hezlitt's signature dated August 3. It was a sign-in sheet for a half-hour class on mandatory reporting, according to McCann.

In March, the school board enacted the toughest background check standards in the county, according to McCann.

All employees at all levels must go through the same background check and fingerprinting process as teachers.

The district has about 105 employees.


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