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Former Albany teacher convicted of pandering

A former Westover High School coach could serve 20 years

ALBANY — Former Westover High School teacher and coach Reastgo Holmes was convicted Friday on one count of pandering — offering money for sex — to a female under the age of 18, officials say.

While Holmes had also been charged with two additional counts of pandering of minors and one count of enticing a child for indecent person, the jury was unable to reach a decision on those counts and returned no verdict, said Greg Edwards, Dougherty County district attorney. Because hung verdicts do not violate Holmes’ lawful protection against “double jeopardy,” the prosecution is considering steps for a second trial, specifically for the additional charges, Edwards said.

According to Edwards, Holmes has been free on bond since March of 2011 when he was charged with the offenses and will remain on bond until the sentencing, which has not set. Edwards said Holmes faces up to 20 years in prison for each convicted count, with a minimum sentence of five years in prison or on probation.