Monday, June 22, 2009

Bruce Unger Pleads Guilty to Assault on Child

Former Bryan teacher Bruce Unger agreed to a plea bargain Monday morning and was sentenced to 40 years in prison just minutes before a jury was expected to be selected for his trial on aggravated assault of a child charges.

He pleaded guilty to all charges he faced, which also included indecency with a child and bond jumping.

Opening statements were set to begin in the trial Tuesday morning.

Unger once taught fifth grade at Neal Elementary School in Bryan and received national accolades for creating and coaching a soccer team for at-risk youth.

He was arrested on two charges of indecency with a child by sexual contact in November 2006 after police said he fondled two boys.

In January 2007, he was arrested again and charged with three more counts of indecency and one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child after more people came forward with molestation accusations.

His trial first was scheduled for late 2007, but he failed to show up at a pretrial hearing. His father said at the time that he had taken his motorcycle to Colorado to clear his head.

Unger wasn’t heard from again until December 2008, when local officials, FBI agents and U.S. Marshals tracked him to a town outside Kiev, Ukraine. Authorities said he was living there under the adopted name Tylor McCoy and teaching English lessons.

He was arrested and extradited to Brazos County soon after he was located.

The 30-year-old will return to court Monday afternoon to hear statements from his victims.

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