Another Texas teacher is accused of having an “improper relationship” with a student, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison.
Police in Jacksboro notified the public this week that an unnamed Jacksboro High School teacher was fired in April after a Jacksboro ISD administrator reported an “incident” involving the educator and an “adult student.”
In a media release dated June 8—seven weeks after the incident was reported—Chief Scott W. Haynes said the Jacksboro Police Department had “immediately initiated an investigation” after the district contacted them on April 18.
“The educator was placed on administrative leave, no longer permitted on school property, and was later terminated on April 21,” Haynes wrote.
“Once the educator was removed from [the] high school campus, there was no longer any threat to any students, or the Jacksboro community,” he said. “If there had been a threat, I would have notified the superintendent and our community that a threat exists.”
I have been transparent each time there has been a threat to any of our campuses, and my highest priority as your Chief of Police is to protect our children. I take full responsibility for the efforts to protect the integrity and confidentiality of this investigation as well as the victim’s right to privacy.
At this time, there is no credible information indicating that there was more than one student involved in the incident.
Haynes said the case “remains open at this time” and that “no further information will be released.”
It’s unclear if any charges have been filed.
The release included the subject line “Improper Relationship Between Educator/Student,” a felony specific to school teachers and staff.
Texas Penal Code defines an “improper relationship” as a primary or secondary school employee engaging in either sexual contact with a student of any age or sexually explicit communication with anyone younger than 17.