Lehman High’s interim athletic coordinator was arrested by Kyle Police Wednesday after he allegedly asked for, and received, a nude photo from a juvenile via text message, according to an affidavit.
Jonathan Proud, 29, of Kyle, was charged with one count of child pornography, which is a third degree felony. Proud was booked into the Hays County Jail Wednesday and his bond has been set at $175,000.
According to a Hays CISD statement, the case does not involve any Hays CISD students or anyone in Hays County.
Proud resigned his coaching and teaching position Wednesday morning prior to his arrest, according to the district’s statement. He was then subsequently taken into custody by Kyle Police officers without incident, who had a warrant for his apprehension.
According to an arrest affidavit magistrated by Hays County Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Beth Smith, Kyle Police were contacted Feb. 11 by a woman for a reported sexual offense call.
When police made contact with the woman, she alleged Proud was having inappropriate text messages with a female whom she believed was a juvenile.
At 1:30 a.m. Feb. 11, the woman, who was not identified in the affidavit, found an inappropriate text between him and the juvenile. That conversation included two shirtess photos of the juvenile, which showed her face.
When the woman approached Proud, he allegedly told her that he “only text messages the juvenile when he is drunk,” according to the affidavit.
The woman said Proud was “heavily intoxicated” on the night of Feb. 11.
According to the affidavit, the woman contacted the juvenile via telephone, who said that Proud was her powerlifting coach at Italy High when she was 14 or 15 years old. The juvenile told the woman Proud began texting her when he was no longer employed at the campus in 2016, according to the affidavit.
The juvenile said this was the first time she sent Proud nude photos of herself and she sent them because he had asked for nude photos. The juvenile allegedly told the woman she didn’t want that kind of communication with Proud and she didn’t know what to do when he had “sexual inappropriate conversations” and asked for nude photos, according to the affidavit.
The woman who reported the incident said she wanted to notify officials of the situation as Proud served as the boys and girls powerlifting coach at Lehman High.
Proud had been powerlifting coach at Lehman High and an employee in Hays CISD since August 2016, according to a district statement.
While he had been serving as Lehman’s interim athletic coordinator since Jan. 18, Proud was not being considered, nor applied, for the full time position.
Hays CISD has notified the Texas State Board of Educator Certificaction’s Office of Investigations regarding this matter.
The Kyle Police Department continues to investigate this incident. We will update this story as more information becomes available.