Former Port Arthur Memorial High coach sentenced to prison

Kip McFarlin

A former Port Arthur Memorial High School coach indicted in July 2012 on charges on sexual misconduct with a student pleaded guilty July 7 and was sentenced July 8 in Jefferson County, Assistant Criminal District Attorney Ramon Rodriguez confirmed.

Judge Larry Gist sentenced 42-year-old Kip McFarlin to eight years in the penitentiary on each count, one for an improper relationship between an educator and student and one for sexual assault of a child under the age of 17, both second-degree felonies. The sentences will run concurrently.

Besides working in Port Arthur, McFarlin also previously coached at Nederland, Orangefield and Little Cypress-Mauriceville.

McFarlin was indicted in 2012 after allegations arose that he had engaged in sexual misconduct with a 16-year-old female student in Port Arthur. The student then filed a civil suit against McFarlin in 2013.