A recently removed Houston high school teacher is accused of having sex with a female student in his classroom.
Christopher Wayne Williams, 41, was charged with improper relationship between educator and student, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison.
Williams taught history and debate at Eastwood Academy High School in Houston Independent School District starting in the 2017-18 school year.
Houston ISD police say in court documents that Williams had sexual contact with his student while at school. The teacher and his alleged victim also exchanged sexual texts and “romantic” messages saying “I love you,” which police found on her cellphone.
The victim told police she became involved with Williams during the last school year.
District police began investigating in October after a friend of the victim told an officer that Williams and the student engaged in sexual activity in Williams’ classroom.
A school employee told police that several students had shared similar concerns and she had reported their suspicions to the principal.
Williams was then removed along with Eastwood Academy’s principal, vice principal, guidance counselor, and librarian.
On October 26, students and parents protested the unexplained “staff transitions.” At that time, the district said only that the changes were prompted by an investigation into alleged “inappropriate behavior involving adults and children.”
Houston ISD officials released a statement on November 10 confirming that charges had been filed against Williams, and added that the district “recently conducted additional training for staff at Eastwood Academy, so they are aware that under state law, adults are required to report any information about inappropriate activity between adults and students to CPS or law enforcement.”
State records show Williams’ Texas educator certificate is currently valid.
Williams is the latest in a string of Texas teachers charged with sex crimes against students and other children.