Texting for sex trial begins

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, June 5, 2013

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A former Boyd High School teacher accused of using text messages to try and convince a freshman girl to let him “take her virginity” went on trial in Decatur Tuesday morning.

Russell W. Rushing, 36, is charged with two felony counts of online solicitation of a minor. His trial began Tuesday in the 271st Judicial Courtroom of Judge John Fostel.

The alleged crime occurred in December 2010 during the Christmas break. The victim, who was 15 at the time, testified that Rushing offered to come and “get her.”

School officials weren’t notified of the offense until the end of March 2011. Rushing was immediately placed on administrative leave and the information was turned over to the Boyd Police Department.

Rushing soon resigned from his job as a physical education teacher and assistant coach in the athletic department.

Rushing, a standout relief pitcher for Oklahoma State University, helped the Cowboys make it to the 1999 College World Series.

Testimony resumes this morning at the Courthouse.

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