STILLWATER, Okla. -- Former NBA player Byron Houston has
been removed from a basketball camp for children at Oklahoma State
after officials were alerted that the former Cowboys star remains a
registered sex offender.
Houston, 36, pleaded guilty in March 2003 to four counts of
indecent exposure. Houston's supervised probation ended Jan. 28,
2005, but his case does not expire until March 3, 2009. After that
date, he is required to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
"Byron Houston is making significant strides in his life,"
Oklahoma State head coach-designate Sean Sutton said. "Because of
a previous arrangement with the judge in his case, we believed he
was allowed to work basketball camps this year. When told that was
not the case, we took the proper steps. He is no longer working our
Houston had been working with Sutton and his father, retired
Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton, as well as other college and
high school coaches and former professional and college players as
supervisors and instructors for grade-school players participating
in the camp.
In Oklahoma, it is unlawful for any registered sex offender to
work with or provide services to children or to work on school
premises, or for any person or business which contracts for work to
be performed on school premises to knowingly and willfully allow
any employee to work with children or to work on school premises.
Houston, Oklahoma State's all-time leading scorer, was taken by
the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 1992 NBA draft. He
averaged 3.9 points and 3.0 rebounds during a four-year NBA career
with Golden State, Seattle and Sacramento.
"I played with Byron and he was a great teammate," Sean Sutton
said. "He has taken responsibility for his past mistakes and is
making positive progress, including earning his degree from OSU
this past semester. We support him in his efforts and appreciate
all that he has done for OSU basketball."
Houston's next review is scheduled Aug. 3 in Oklahoma County.