David Austin Norris, a former Holliday coach, pleaded guilty to two counts Wednesday morning in 30th District Court and received two five-year sentences to be served concurrently.
Norris, 30, a former softball and assistant football coach, pleaded guilty to counts 2 and 8 out of 10 indicted counts against him. Count 2 alleged sexual assault, and count 8 alleged an improper relationship between educator and student.
The other counts against him were dismissed.
The victim in the case gave an impact statement following the hearing, addressing him as Norris.
“Norris, I don’t understand why you picked me out and liked me,”
the victim said to him in the courtroom. “I never imagined a point in my life where I didn’t care to wake up the next morning.”
The victim said she loved him, and he took advantage of that.
“Who knew someone could fake love the way you can,” she said.
She said she will remain strong through God, and she said although she’s still mad, she hopes God teaches him through this.
“You took advantage of a vulnerable little girl... Now you know you picked the wrong little girl to mess with,” she said.
She also said as a woman she made the decision she was not going to let him do this to any other young girls, and she couldn’t find words for the pain and destruction he caused in her and others’ lives.
Defense counsel Bob Estrada said he had an assessment done on Norris, and he feels he is not a threat to any other young girls or the community.
“I have had an independent assessment done by an expert — a sex offender treatment provider — that rated him as a very low risk danger to society and other potential victims,” Estrada said. “I believe he’s accepted responsibility for what he did, and I believe that after a frank assessment, he made the choice to enter a plea based on what he believed was in his best interest. What we’ve got here is a deal that was hammered out that limited his possible exposure.”
Norris also made a statement saying he voluntarily surrendered his teaching certificate permanently.
“I would like to express my most sincere apology to the victim and her family, to the community, to my own friends and family, and especially to my wife. My actions were inexcusable and unjustifiable at best, and in no way reflect my true character at heart,” Norris’ statement said. “This will not define me as a person, nor will it take away from the positive impact I have made in the lives of hundreds of student-athletes I’ve had the pleasure of coaching over the last nine years. I pray for the forgiveness of all of those who have been hurt by my terrible lack of rationality.”
Norris has another court hearing Friday in Archer County at 11:15 a.m. Estrada said the charges he faces in Archer County are similar in nature.
“They were all part of a series of events that resulted in these indictments. Some actions occurred in Archer County and some actions occurred in Wichita County,” Estrada said.
Estrada and Wichita County District Attorney Dobie Kosub will remain on the case in Archer County to avoid a double workload.