A former Lamar Consolidated High School teacher arrested in February 2018 has pleaded guilty to having an improper relationship with a student and has been sentenced to seven years’ probation.

Richard Segura of Katy was 37 when he was arrested and charged with improper relationship between educator and student, a second-degree felony offense punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

District Court Judge Maggie Jarramillo sentenced the former coach to seven years deferred adjudicated probation. If Segura successfully completes his probation, he will not be judged and thus have no criminal history on his record. However, if he fails to abide by the terms of his probation, he could be sentenced to 20 years in prison without a trial.

He also had to serve 30 days in county jail, surrender his teaching certificate, pay a $750 fine, write an apology to the victim and undergo sex offender and alcohol and drug counseling and treatment.

Segura’s arrest came after a parent contacted campus administration and reported what she considered improper messages to her daughter.

Rosenberg police later discovered messages to the teen on Segura’s cell phone, according to the police department.

Segura served as an assistant coach and freshman baseball coach before his contract was terminated.

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