An ongoing criminal lawsuit involving a former Victoria Junior/Senior High School coach and teacher could be nearly resolved by mid-February, Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees said Tuesday.

Jordan M. Ottley is facing charges of indecent liberties with a child between the ages of 14 and 16 and lewd fondling, a level five felony. During a status conference Tuesday morning — held by teleconference — Drees said he expects a plea soon.

“We are very close to having a resolution to this case,” Drees said during the conference.

A hearing has been scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Feb. 13, with all parties ordered by Judge Richard Flax to attend in person.

If a plea deal cannot be reached, a preliminary hearing could be requested at that time, Drees said.

According to court documents, the alleged violation occurred Nov. 1, 2016, with a reported location of the Victoria Junior/Senior High School building, 1107 W. 10th.

Ottley is no longer on staff with the school district. According to the school’s 2016 to 2017 activity calendar, Ottley taught junior/senior high school math and was the assistant high school boys’ basketball coach for the year.