New Mexico high school assistant coach accused of raping students

MORIARTY, N.M. (KRQE) –  Assistant Football Coach Damien Hyatt faces 24 charges and 13 of them for rape.

Damien Hyatt
Damien Hyatt

The case involves three female students who accuse the 25-year-old Moriarty Assistant Coach of not leaving them alone and even trying to blackmail one of them.

Torrance County deputies say Hyatt started having sex and exchanging nude photos with a 15-year-old student about a year ago.

She told deputies she stopped seeing him recently after she learned he was flirting with her classmates.

Deputies say another teen, a 16-year-old, says Hyatt wouldn’t stop asking her for sex.

She told him no but eventually sent him nude photos, through the app Snapchat, after he promised to leave her alone in exchange for the photos.

Another female student told deputies Hyatt had bought her and other students alcohol at a Walmart and asked for sex in return. She says she had to make-up an excuse to get away that night.

While the student also says she didn’t have sex with Hyatt, she says she sent the coach explicit photos after he threatened to retaliate against one of her family members, saying “he wanted her to do what he wanted or else.”

Parents said adults need to stop preying on their kids.

“Nobody should be messing with a kid no matter how old you are…and that goes both ways, male and female. There’s a certain age established and some people don’t seem to follow it. So if you don’t follow it. You should be punished,” said Parent Kelsey Waggoner.

Deputies say that same teen started crying uncontrollably, accusing Hyatt of grabbing her buttocks. She says it’s been weighing on her heavily.

Hyatt is a 2011 graduate of Moriarty High School.

Among 13 rape charges, he’s also facing a slew of other charges:

  • Criminal sexual contact and penetration
  • Criminal sexual communication with a child
  • Criminal solicitation to commit criminal sexual penetration
  • Bribery of a witness, contributing to the delinquency of a minor
  • Attempt to commit criminal sexual penetration
  • Manufacturing
  • Visual medium of sexual exploitation of children

He is held on $150,000 cash or surety bond in the Torrance County Detention Center. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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