Coral Lytle’s life seemed to be spinning out of control in the early months of 2017.
Court records show Lytle, who faces a possible prison sentence for having sex with two underage boys, was made to repay more than $63,000 to the Central Valley Christian Booster Club after school officials discovered “financial irregularities.” Lytle served as the club’s treasurer.
Her husband, Eric Lytle, said in a court document that he didn’t know about the missing money until he got a demand letter from the Visalia-based school district.
“Unbeknownst to me during our marriage Coral was subsidizing our lifestyle with illegal activity,” Eric Lytle wrote.
The Tulare mom admitted she was responsible for the “financial irregularities” and signed a letter in April 2017 agreeing to repay the money. No charges were ever filed.
“Little did I know at the time that this was perhaps the least of our worries,” Eric Lytle wrote in a court document. “Six months later the other shoe dropped with allegations of illegal sex with at least two minor boys.”
Eric Lytle filed for divorce on Nov. 3, 2017. The Lytles’ divorce documents shed some light on how the couple’s marriage began to unravel as Coral’s legal troubles grew.
Coral Lytle worked as a massage therapist and the couple have four children. At one time they lived in a home valued at more than $700,000. But now she faces up to 17 years in prison.
Several months after working things out with Central Valley Christian, Lytle was arrested and charged with 21 felony counts, including unlawful sexual intercourse, oral copulation and contacting a minor for sex.
Court records show the incidents happened in 2017 between Sept. 27 and Oct. 4.
The teenage boys were freshman at Redwood High School and were boyfriends of her daughters, according to court records.
She would meet them in parks, parking lots and even pick them up from their homes to have sex. One of the victims testified during the preliminary hearing that Lytle drove to his home to pick him up. He snuck out and they drove to her house. The next day, she drove him back at 5 a.m. and his parents never knew.
Lytle was also accused of sending the boys nude photos of herself. When asked why she had done it, Lytle said in court documents that she was still dealing with the death of her sister and was battling low self-esteem.
How long Lytle will have to serve in prison remains to be seen.
She pleaded guilty to the charges in exchange for a deal negotiated by Judge Joseph Kalashian. But that deal is off the table after the judge, who has since retired, changed his mind.
Lytle’s attorney Greg Hapogian wants the new judge, Juliet L. Boccone, to honor the original deal offered by Kalashian, or she could withdraw her plea.
If the new judge accepts it, Lytle would serve one year in county jail, five years of probation and a suspended six-year sentence. If she violates the terms of her probation, shewould be sentenced to six years in prison.
A new hearing to decide Hagopian’s motion will be held on June 17.
Deputy District Attorney Matthew Earl said his office is ready to proceed with sentencing.
As part of its case against Lytle, prosecutors are also asking for restitution of $250,000 for each of the boys involved.
“While no amount of money can repair the damages done by the defendant, (the two victims) would settle for $250,000 each to compensate them for the psychological harm that they have and will continue to endure,” according to court records.