UPDATE: Judge denies request by former BHS football coach to have sentence reduced
A judge has denied a sentence reduction for a former high school teacher and football coach sentenced for soliciting a minor and distributing obscene material.
According to the Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, a judge denied a request Friday that was made by Joshua Nicewarner to have his 2-10 years in prison and 7 years of probation reduced.
Nicewarner was sentenced in April on charges of distribution to a minor of obscene matter and solicitation of a minor via a computer, after having sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl.
Former Bridgeport High School football coach and Liberty High School teacher Joshua Nicewarner has been sentenced on charges of distribution to a minor of obscene matter and solicitation of a minor via a computer.
Nicewarner pleaded guilty to the charges in March as part of a plea agreement. He has been sentenced to 2-10 years in prison for the soliciting charge with an additional 5 years in prison for the distribution charge. However, the latter sentence was suspended, with Nicewarner instead sentenced to 7 years of probation for the distribution charge.
Nicewarner was arraigned after evidence pointed to him having sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl.
During the sentencing, the defense suggested a period of probation, calling two mental health professionals, including Nicewarner's therapist, to the stand. Their testimonies mentioned that Nicewarner had made positive progress since his arrest and was showing remorse, and that it was unlikely he would offend again.
Both the victim's mother and father took the stand as well for the state, with both asking for Nicewarner to receive the maximum sentence. Thr victim's father stated the victim is in counseling and will live with this for the rest of her life.
During the sentencing, Nicewarner apologized to the victim, her family, and his family. He said he abused the community's trust and takes full responsibility for his actions.
EDIT: This article has been edited to clarify the sentence for the distribution charge.