Ex-coach who fled with schoolgirl gets 6 years in prison

2013-05-13T15:13:00Z 2013-05-13T17:51:51Z Ex-coach who fled with schoolgirl gets 6 years in prisonVeronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A former Altar Valley School District wrestling coach and bus driver who fled to Mexico with a 15-year-old girl was sentenced to six years in prison Monday in Pima County Superior Court for sexual conduct with a minor and custodial interference.

Todd Hezlitt, 39, was arrested in April 2012 for having sex with a 15-year-old girl. As part of the conditions of his release, he was not allowed to be near the girl but was seen with her at a high school graduation in late May. When sheriff's deputies went to arrest him they found he had taken off with the girl.

In late July 2012, the girl turned herself into to the U.S. Consulate in Mazatlan and Hezlitt was found shortly after and taken into custody.

He was brought back to the U.S. in late July and extradited to Pima County in August.

Hezlitt went on trial in February, but shortly before the first witness was set to testify, he pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of custodial interference.

Hezlitt was sentenced by Judge Richard Fields.

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