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Defense attorney claims for ex-East Texas coach mishandled evidence

Marshall, TX (Longview News-Journal) - The defense attorney for a former Hallsville ISD coach has filed a motion accusing Harrison County District Attorney Coke Solomon of improperly distributing child pornography images that were on the phone of Solomon's witness.

Dallas defense attorney Mark Lassiter filed the motion Tuesday to return the evidence to the court, saying it contained pornographic images of a teenager obtained from the phone of another teenager who is listed as the victim and witness in the case.

Lassiter is representing former coach Dean McDaniel, who is accused of improper relationship between a teacher and student.

"The prosecution mailed a disc to me containing everything on the prosecution witness' phone," Lassiter said. "I reviewed the information from the phone, including the more than 80,000 text messages because the state did not indicate which texts were relevant. During the review, I found multiple instances of the witness soliciting naked photographs from different younger women."

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