Unger Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to 40 Years

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

A former Bryan teacher and local coach convicted of molesting young boys has been sentenced for the crime.

Bruce Unger pleaded guilty Monday to all charges against him. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault of a child, indecency with a child, and bail jumping. Unger will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least half of his sentence.

Unger was arrested in 2006 after allegations surfaced that he had sexually abused an 11-year-old boy. Further charges followed when two teens stepped forward alleging abuse. Then, days before his trial was set to begin in November 2007, Unger fled the United States.

He fled to Europe and was caught by Ukrainian authorities a year later. He had been working as an English instructor. On arrest, Unger claimed he was a British citizen named Tyler McCoy and he didn't have his papers with him. Unger denied his real identity, but when the FBI sent his fingerprints for verification, he admitted who he was.

Unger once worked as a teacher at Neal Elementary and coached at-risk boys soccer. He was even named "Most Caring Coach" by USA Today in 2005 for the difference he made in the lives of his students.

Brian Price and Misty Swan represented the State of Texas against Unger. Price said, "Three young men can go to sleep tonight knowing that Bruce Unger finally owned up to his abuse of them and knowing that he will spend the majority of his adult life in prison as an admitted child molester and predator. This resolution provides finality for the victims and avoids the necessity of multiple trials."

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