A now-fired teacher’s aide in Tyler Independent School District has been charged with two counts of an improper relationship between educator and student, online solicitation of a minor, and employment of a child for sexual performance. 

JBraylon Fears, 20, was booked into the Smith County jail on Thursday with bonds totaling $600,000. 

According to the arrest affidavit obtained by CBS 19, Fears touched and flirted with students, who then reported him to another teacher. 

In a letter to families at Boulter Middle School, the district wrote that a staff member “utilized our Safe2SpeakUp! App to bring forward their concerns to law enforcement.”

Students later told law enforcement that Fears had also solicited photos from them via Snapchat.  

Fears has been fired from Tyler ISD, with administrators reporting that he will never be allowed back to the district. 

“It is inconceivable that this adult did this to one of our students,” said Tyler ISD Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford in the letter to families. “Under no circumstances is that behavior tolerated at Tyler ISD. We have the fullest confidence in the Smith County legal system to address these charges to the fullest extent that the law will allow.”

Texas Scorecard has reported on dozens of teachers charged with sex crimes involving students.

Sydnie Henry

A born and bred Texan, Sydnie serves as the Managing Editor for Texas Scorecard. She graduated from Patrick Henry College with a B.A. in Government and is utilizing her research and writing skills to spread truth to Texans.