Port Isabel coach sentenced to probation for sexual relationship with student

A judge sentenced a former coach to 10 years probation for having an improper relationship with a student and for possession of child pornography.

Authorities arrested Robert Walter Pensado, 43, last June after the victim’s mother uncovered the illegal relationship after finding out the man Pensado gave her daughter a phone that he told the girl she should use to communicate with him.

On Wednesday morning, 445 th state District Judge Gloria Rincones sentenced Pensado, who had been a Port Isabel High School coach at the time of the improper relationship, to a decade of probation.

Pensado is also required to register as a sex offender for life, to perform 200 hours of community service, to surrender his teaching license and to pay a $2,000 fine.

The man’s attorney, Rick Canales, said the case was tough.

“It’s a sad case. It is a hard case for everybody,” Canales said after the hearing. “I’m just relieved no final conviction will be entered in this case.”

Rincones sentenced Pensado to deferred adjudication, which means his sentence is probated for 10 years and if he completes it successfully, a final conviction won’t be entered into the record.

However, if Pensado violates any conditions of his probation, he will be back in court.

In a plea deal, the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office agreed to recommend probation and additional charges of sexual assault and a charge of promoting, directing or producing the sexual performance of a child were dropped.

After his arrest, Cameron County Precinct 1 Constable Pete Delgadillo said the relationship between Pensado and the teenage student, which included trips to Beach Access No. 6 to have sex, lasted for three months in the early part of 2017.