Ex-Central Texas junior high coach sentenced in steroid case

Aaron Jay Mueller. (Jail photo)
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GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) Former Gatesville Junior High School football coach Aaron Jay Mueller, 27, who was accused of delivering performance-enhancing drugs to a student, was sentenced to one-year state jail term, but then was ordered to spend the next three years on probation Wednesday.

Although he won’t spend time behind bars, the state jail felony sentence means Mueller will never be allowed back in the classroom.

“Based on the circumstances of this type of case, the court agreed with the state that Mr. Mueller should have a felony conviction and never be able to teach again,” Coryell County District Attorney Dusty Boyd said.

Gatesville Superintendent Eric Penrod, who testified at the hearing Wednesday, said the impact of the scandal was devastating.

"It was gut wrenching,” he said.

“It was gut wrenching on every single aspect for our district and community. You had a person in a position of influence as a coach who did something inappropriate," Penrod said.

"We've spent basically about four months rewriting our policy, and getting examples from other districts, passing it back to our attorneys to ensure that we have a very solid drug policy that addresses everything out there."

"There's a dynamic here that I am not sure we will ever be able to overcome, what other teams and coaches think of our team, but I hope we can move on one day."

Mueller was named in a sealed indictment in November 2017 charging manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance handed up by the Coryell County Grand Jury.

The sealed indictment the grand jury issued alleged that Mueller “on or about July 19th of 2017...did then and there deliver, by actual transfer, a controlled substance, namely Testosterone Enathate, an anabolic steroid, in an amount of less than 28 grams.”

The Gatesville ISD launched an investigation on July 19, 2017 after an unknown caller made an accusation that a coach was providing performance enhancing drugs to his players.

Mueller's time at the district came to an end after that.

On Oct. 27, 2017 the State Executive Committee of the University Interscholastic League reversed a decision to suspend six Gatesville high school football players accused of steroid use.

The ruling came after superintendents from school districts in UIL District 13-4A voted 3-1 earlier in the day to suspend the six Gatesville High School players from extracurricular activities for 30 days.

The executive committee’s decision meant the six players could suit up for a game the same night, which pitted the 7-0 Hornets against the 5-2 China Spring Cougars.

Gatesville lost the game 43-16.