A former educator with the Louise Independent School District was sentenced to 15 years in prison following a judge’s decision on Monday, July 15.
In a press release the same day, Wharton County District Attorney Dawn Allison said Judge Randy Clapp sentenced former Louise High School coach Thomas Clay Hosman to 15-years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division for two counts of improper relationship with a child and six counts of invasive visual recording.
The 15-year sentence in Clapp’s 329th District Court was the result of a plea agreement reached by the D.A.’s Office, Hosman, and the defendant’s attorneys of record – Manske & Manske law firm.
In the press release, Allison said the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) tipped off Colorado County law enforcement that Hosman had been uploading and sharing images of partially dressed, underage females over the internet. On March 31, 2017, Colorado County law enforcement arrested Hosman on a warrant for charges out of its county.
“Upon further investigation, law enforcement determined Hosman had secretly recorded some of those videos inside the Louise school girl’s locker room,” Allison said. “If the defendant had proceeded to trial, he faced a range of punishment from probation with no jail time, to a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.”
Hosman pled guilty on July 1, and sentencing was postponed to provide victims the opportunity to address the defendant, Allison said.
The press release said several parents of the victims appeared in court to face Hosman.
One mother stepped forward to provide her daughter’s victim impact statement, which she delivered tearfully. “I’m not going to let you destroy the rest of my life, because I’m stronger than you,” the mother read. “I might hate you, but I do forgive you. Not because you deserve it, but because I know that is what God would want me to do. But just because I’ve forgiven you doesn’t mean that it’s forgotten.”
Hosman still faces charges for 10 counts of promoting child pornography and three counts of invasive visual recordings in Colorado County.
Allison said several agencies worked together to “bring Hosman to justice.” They included the Wharton County Sheriff’s Office, Wharton County Crisis Center and Child Advocacy Center, Eagle Lake Police Department, Colorado County District Attorney’s Office, Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, and NCMEC.
The prosecutor in this case was Assistant District Attorney Bryan Honeycutt.