BOONVILLE, INDIANA — Beau Hobson was back in court Monday morning pleading guilty to child seduction. He was sentenced to two and a half years and will have to register as a sex offender.
“We felt it very important in this case, because he was a teacher, because he was in the school system, because he was a coach, that at the very least, he had to register as a sex offender,” Warrick County Prosecutor Mike Perry said. “That is to protect any further victims.”
Hobson was scheduled to appear in Warrick Superior Court II for trial Monday. The trial was called off after his attorneys and prosecutors agreed on a plea deal.
The 30-year-old former Castle High School teacher and girl’s basketball coach had an inappropriate relationship with one of his students who was 17 at the time. He resigned from the school in April 2014 and was arrested in July.
Hobson pleaded guilty in Vanderburgh Circuit Court last month to performance harmful to a minor.
“The difference between what he pled to there and what he pled to here, he still pled to child seduction in Warrick County,” Amy Miskimen, Warrick County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, said. “It’s just it was a D felony instead of a C felony and that’s why he’s required to register as a sex offender out of our case.”
Hobson surrendered his teaching license as part of the agreement, but was not required to register as a sex offender in his Vanderburgh court plea deal.
“When we had talked, we had gone back and forth with the victim and the family,” Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office Public Relations Director Kyle Phernetton said at the April hearing. “The victim is in agreement as well as the family, so this was done with all parties involved and at the end of the day, I think we got the right result.”
“In Vanderburgh County, he pled to performance of a lewd act in front of a minor, which is not a registration offense,” Perry said. “And again, Ms. Miskanen and myself, we were adamant that he receive a registration offense in this county.”
Hobson will serve the first six months of his sentence in jail. The remaining time will be served under electronic home monitoring. He is not allowed to be in contact with the minor and will be required to stay at least 1,000 feet away from school property.
Hobson has a sentencing hearing in Vanderburgh County on May 21. He will report to Warrick County Security Center following the hearing to begin serving his jail sentence.