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Former Comet Coach Pleads Guilty


Former Comet assistant football c

oach William Macgregor “Mac” Leighton pleaded guilty during a hearing Tuesday in Henrico County Circuit Court to three counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor.

The charges and subsequent convictions stem from the investigation by Henrico County Police into a relationship with two underage female students last school year at Henrico County’s J.R. Tucker High School, where Leighton was teaching and coaching football at the time.

According to Henrico Police, the relationship with the girls, ages 15 and 17 at that time, began in October 2008 and ended in April. Leighton turned himself in to police on May 19 and was arraigned the next day in Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. He was released on $50,000 bond to await trial following his arraignment.

A Danville native, Leighton was a star football player at Randolph-Macon College before entering the coaching ranks. He served as an assistant football 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 J.R. Tucker.

In addition to coaching football, Leighton taught U.S. and Virginia government, world history and government II at Tucker.

Leighton could face up to five years in prison on each conviction, or up to a total of 15 years, when he is sentenced Feb. 15.