McTear to Be Sentenced Jan. 31 on Drug Charge

Sprinter Houston McTear, who pleaded guilty to one count of selling cocaine, will be sentenced in Santa Monica Superior Court on Jan. 31.

McTear was arrested by Santa Monica police for allegedly selling cocaine in a park last fall.

Although McTear maintains his innocence, he said he entered a guilty plea to avoid a jail sentence.

“They’re trying to make an example out of me,” McTear said. “I had no other choice. Either I plead guilty and get probation, or go to jail for 3 years.”


Pending the outcome of his legal problems, McTear still plans to make a comeback on the indoor track circuit.

A former world record-holder in the 100-yard dash, McTear will compete in the 60-meter dash at the Sunkist Invitational meet Friday at the Sports Arena.