A Tompkins High School teacher has been arrested on nine counts of possession of child pornography. 

James Paul Stone was booked into the Fort Bend County Jail Monday. 

According to the Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable’s office, thousands of images of child pornography were recovered from Stone’s residence, including several images that Stone admitted to producing himself. 

“These images do include images he admitted to taking while on school grounds, at beaches, and local swimming pools around the Katy area,” reads a statement from the constable’s office. 

As the investigation is ongoing, the constable’s office stated they have reason to believe several victims are associated with the case. Investigators encourage victims or others with any knowledge of the case to contact lead Detective Ashley Walker at Ashley.Walker@MCTX.org or 281-364-4211.

In a statement to parents, Tompkins High School wrote, “The individual has not been on campus since last week and will not return to the school. Because the incident is still being investigated, we are unable to provide additional information at this time, but please be assured the District takes these types of incidents very seriously and is fully cooperating with law enforcement.”

Stone taught social studies at Tompkins High School, while his wife is the principal at Katy ISD’s Taylor High School. 

Dr. Melinda Stone sent an email to Taylor High School staff stating, “His arrest and involvement in this criminal activity was unbeknownst to me or those closest to him. My family and I are deeply disappointed in his actions and thus we do not have any plans to be involved in James’ criminal proceedings as he navigates the next steps.”

She added, “Providing a safe and secure learning environment is and will continue to be the District’s and my top priority.”  

James Stone’s teaching certificate is currently under review by the Texas Education Agency. 

Texas Scorecard has reported on dozens of teachers accused of sex crimes involving students and other children.

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.