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Two Charges Dropped Against Former Comet Coach

Former Halifax County High School Assistant Football Coach William Macgregor “Mac” Leighton who was facing five felony charges stemming from an alleged relationship with two underage female students had two of the five charges withdrawn earlier this month.

Leighton, 31, former head football coach at J.R. Tucker High School, appeared briefly in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court September 11.

He had been charged with three counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor while in a custodial role and two counts of soliciting child pornography.
The two solicitation charges were withdrawn, according to published reports. He still faces three felonies stemming from charges that he took indecent liberties with two students while in a custodial relationship.

The unidentified teens were 15 and 17 years old at the time of the alleged offenses, officials said

A trial date has been set for November 17 in Henrico Circuit Court. If convicted, Leighton faces one to five years in prison on each of the three charges.

The former HCHS coach is out on $50,000 bond.

A Danville native, Leighton was a star football player at Randolph-Macon College before entering the coaching ranks. He served as an assistant coach at Halifax County High School from 2001-2003.
He also coached at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke and at GW in Danville and was in his first year as head coach at Henrico County’s J.R. Tucker High School when he was arrested on the original charges in May.