9OYS Crime Watch
Former middle school coach changes plea
Reporter: Cory Marshall
TUCSON( KGUN9-TV) -Wednesday morning inside the Pima County Superior Court, Todd Hezlitt pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of custodial interference.
As part of a plea agreement, the County Attorney's office dismissed three other counts.
The former Altar Valley Middle School wrestling coach and bus driver ran off with then 15-year-old Brooke White in May 2012, crossing the border into Mexico.
Brooke White's family launched an aggressive search. Two months later, White contacted them via facebook saying she was in Mazatlan and ready to come home.
Hezlitt's defense attorney, Chris Kimminau spoke to 9OYS outside the courthouse, Wednesday.
"We're not happy with the plea agreement. However, my client was very desirous of trying to resolve the case so that Ms. White did not have to testify," Kimminau said.
"The plea agreement definitely has it's advantages, but I'm not happy with it," Kimminau continued.
The White family's attorney advised them not to go on camera, although they admit, they too are not happy with the plea agreement.
Nine On Your Side reached out to the Pima County Attorney's office but they declined to comment as the case is still ongoing.
Sentencing is slate for April.