TEXAS CITY — A man accused of exposing himself to a student at the collegiate high school on the College of the Mainland campus has been charged with indecency with a child.

College of the Mainland police arrested Lance Hatch, a former College of the Mainland student in his late 20s, on Monday, said College of the Mainland President Beth Lewis.

The district attorney’s office confirmed that Hatch was charged with a third degree felony. If convicted, Hatch could face two to 10 years in prison.

The man was on campus using the pool as a community member, Lewis said. The college is an open campus, and community members can use facilities such as the pool, she said.

The alleged incidents happened at the end of July but the student did not tell anyone until Friday, she said.

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or chris.gonzalez@galvnews.com.

(4) comments

Lars Faltskog

Seems like if a high school is in the midst of the complex, along with the community pool, there ought to be some kind of supervision going on.

Then again, if it was July - school typically wouldn't be going on unless there was some kind of summer school still going on.

Maybe there should be an attendant there who checks in people's ID before they use the facility.

Kevin Lang

sverige1, I'm sure it's not a free-for-all there. You do have to register and pay a recreation fee to use the facilities. I think they have a lifeguard on duty, but I doubt they have people wandering all over the place with the intent of watching everyone's every movement.

Depending on the circumstances of this incident, they may need to revisit some policies and procedures, but if they were to implement every option to prevent some idiot from exposing himself to someone else, the pool may never be able to be used.

George Croix


Lars Faltskog

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