Coach Pleads Guilty to Pawning School Property

A former suburban Dallas high school football coach has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge related to pawning school equipment.

An attorney for 53-year-old Steve Halpin said Wednesday the former Mesquite High School coach will get two years probation and a $500 fine on a misdemeanor charge of abuse of official capacity after last week's plea.

Halpin was indicted in May on a felony charge of abuse of official capacity involving property valued between $100,000 and $200,000.

Paul Johnson, Halpin's attorney, said the value of the pawned items, including laptops and cameras, didn't warrant a felony charge.

Halpin resigned at Mesquite in 2008 and later quit as president of the state coaches association, citing a gambling problem.

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