KATY, Texas (FOX 26) - A Houston banker says in 1983 he was beaten to the brink of death by Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt, who was 18 years old at the time.
For Hindt, the intense scrutiny began last week with a very public allegation from a junior high school classmate.
Greg Gay says Hindt's bullying drove him to the brink of suicide
"Lance, you were the one who shoved my head in the urinal," said Gay, who is also known as Greg Barrett.
Hindt's dismissive laughter drew outrage from millions who viewed Greg Gay's emotional outcry online.
For his part, the leader of the state's 9th largest school district flatly denied the allegation and Monday night offered this response to critics.
"Ultimately, I will be judged by one person and that is God my Lord and Savior," said Hindt.
That divine reckoning may well include Hindt's behavior as a senior at Katy Taylor High School.
Court records obtained by FOX 26 indicate Hindt was the defendant in a 1983 personal injury lawsuit lodged by William Stein.
According to those records, Stein objected to Hindt driving his car rapidly through a neighborhood alley where small children played.
Stein says Hindt responded by launching a brutal attack -- fracturing his skull, dislocating his shoulder and breaking three of his ribs -- injuries that left him in a coma for five full days, requiring two brain surgeries.
In a deposition, Hindt admits hitting Stein and leaving him unconscious in the alley.
While criminal charges were later dropped, Stein tells FOX 26 the lawsuit resulted in a five-figure settlement against Hindt, who went on to play football at the University of Oklahoma.
FOX 26 asked Katy ISD trustees if they were aware of the violent incident when they hired Hindt.
"The 1983 civil case was fully and finally dismissed, after litigation, with no damages or liability. No criminal charges were ever filed. Again, as stated in the March 26 Board meeting, the Board fully vetted Dr. Lance Hindt and we continue to stand firmly behind him as our superintendent," said Ashley Vann, President of the KISD Board.
Stein says he's been waiting for more than 30 years for a reporter to call him about what went on in that alley.
"They told my wife there's a 90 percent chance I wouldn't come out of that coma," said Stein.