Court docs reveal improper text messages between ex-coach, teens

Thomas Galloway
A mug shot of Thomas Galloway, provided by the Ottawa County Jail. (March 21, 2016)

ALLENDALE, Mich. (WOOD) — A former girls’ softball coach charged in connection with a sexual assault on a 13-year-old player had inappropriate relationships with at least two other players on his teams, prosecutors allege.

Thomas Galloway was charged with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in April, after the girl, now 17, told a parent.

Motions filed by the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s office detail more than 600 text messages between Galloway and two other teenage girls in 2014.

In one text message to a girl, Galloway allegedly wrote, “Told her I’m hooking up with one of you this winter. Whoever sends the hottest pic first wins.”

Investigators say they found at least two sexually explicit images on Galloway’s phone.

Documents show he continued his relationship with the 13-year-old softball player, who is now 17. She was with him when he was caught drinking at Peppinos in Allendale, violating the terms of his bond.

The court records indicate their relationship continued into October of this year.

Extensive text messages allegedly between Galloway and the now 17-year-old speak of being in love, spending the night together, and sending nude pictures to each other.

Court records indicate Galloway also wrote to the 17-year-old from the Ottawa County jail. On Oct. 6, he wrote that he hid a secret code inside a previous letter that he wanted her to use in order to exchange messages.

The alleged note also included a crossword puzzle with clues such as “A good place to watch a storm roll in, or a place for a hot make out session,” and “Can not wait for the day I ____ you marry me.” Galloway allegedly ended the note saying “I love you.”

Galloway’s lawyer is fighting the admission of the text messages and letters at his trial. His defense argues there was no need for Galloway’s phone to be seized because deputies already had him on the probation violation.

Galloway was an active board member and coach for the Michigan Sabercats until his resignation earlier this year. A judge ordered him to stay away from the team’s Allendale facility.

Galloway is also is a well-known builder in the Grand Haven and Spring Lake area, working on high-end homes.