Former coach arraigned for third bond violation

Judge Raises Bond for Teen Rape Suspect

A former girls softball coach, charged with molesting one of his players, appeared in Ottawa County Circuit Court for violating terms of his bond.

Thomas Barnes Galloway was arraigned on Monday morning for a third violation of his bond in relation to alcohol. Judge Ed Post raised Galloway’s bond to $500,000 or cash surety. If Galloway, 44, posts bond, he will be placed on a tether, sobrietor, and be confined to his home.

Given Galloway’s repeated violations, Judge Post said he no longer had confidence Galloway would be likely to abide by the terms of his bond.

The hearing initially began on Thursday, Sept. 15, but was postponed until Galloway could consult with his attorney.

In court, Galloway’s attorney, David Zessin, said Galloway acknowledges consuming alcohol and being in establishment where alcohol is served.

One of Galloway’s bond conditions is that “he cannot use alcohol or possess alcohol, or be in an establishment where alcohol is sold or consumed.”

Prosecution said a recent seizure of Galloway’s cell phone revealed several “concerning texts” between Galloway and a 17-year-old former player, with whom he was also at the establishment with when he was arrested.

Zessin questioned the warrant for the phone seizure. The attorney said they were in court on Monday morning to address bond violations, and there’s nothing in the bond that states having contact with a 17-year-old would be in violation.

Since the 17-year-old is a witness for the prosecution, Zessin said he would have no problem if the court wants to impose a term about having contact with witnesses.

Prosecution said police reports were coming regarding the phone’s content.

The Spring Lake man was arrested in March following an investigation into accusations that he sexually assaulted a former player on a softball team that he coached.

At the time of the alleged incident in 2012, the girl was 13.

This article originally appeared in the Grand Haven Tribune.


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