Ex-coach charged molestation in Vidalia

Published 12:08 am Wednesday, July 15, 2015

NATCHEZ — The former teacher charged with sexual battery in connection with an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student has been charged by another jurisdiction in the same matter.

Brett A. Hinson, 28, 2062 Viking St., was booked on a charge of molestation of a juvenile after he voluntarily turned himself in at the Vidalia Police Department Tuesday.

Brett Hinson

Brett Hinson

Hinson, the former assistant football and baseball coach and physical education teacher at Cathedral High School — he resigned June 1 — was arrested by the Natchez Police Department on a charge of sexual battery June 9.

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The arrest followed a complaint report filed with the NPD alleging a female Cathedral High School student had told her parents she and Hinson had kissed and he had touched her inappropriately.

The parents filed the complaint after the student’s mother showed the father a photo of their daughter’s car parked at the Natchez City Cemetery along with another vehicle, the report said.

The student reportedly told her parents the details after they confronted her about the matter, the report said.

Vidalia Police Department Assistant Chief Bruce Wiley said the Louisiana charge followed after a similar complaint was filed at the VPD last month.

“It was the same victim and the same circumstances, it just happened over here,” Wiley said.

Hinson was detained at the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office on a $90,000 bond set by Seventh District Judicial Court Division B Judge John Reeves.

Louisiana law defines molestation of a juvenile as “any lewd or lascivious act upon the person or in the presence of any child under the age of 17, where there is an age difference of greater than two years between the two persons, with the intention of arousing or gratifying the sexual desires of either person, by the use of force, violence, duress, menace, psychological intimidation, threat of great bodily harm, or by the use of influence by virtue of a position of control or supervision over the juvenile” by anyone older than 17.

In Mississippi, sexual battery is a felony and carries up to a 30-year prison sentence and as much as a $10,000 fine.

The Louisiana charge could carry a prison sentence of 10 years and a fine of as much as $5,000. The law allows, however, a penalty of up to 20 years and a $10,000 fine when the offender, “has control or supervision over the juvenile.”