Another Texas teacher has been charged with a sex-related crime.

Clarence “Bud” Hayes, 68, a paraprofessional at Legacy High School in Mansfield Independent School District, was arrested Thursday and charged with solicitation of prostitution.

Hayes was one of nine men arrested Thursday by the Mansfield Police Department for soliciting a prostitute, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

Legacy High School Principal Stephanie Bonneau sent a notice to Legacy families on Friday saying that the district had immediately terminated Hayes.

Bonneau said the incident “occurred off campus and did not involve students.”

She also said that Mansfield ISD has “substantial protocols in place to screen potential employees.”

“During the hiring process, employees undergo extensive background checks that include employment and criminal history checks through DPS and the FBI,” Bonneau said.

According to the State Board for Educator Certification, Hayes became certified as an educational aide in February 2022.

Hayes is the second Legacy High School educator arrested this year for sex crimes.

Diego Barona, who worked as a special education paraprofessional at Legacy High School, was arrested in February and charged with sexual assault of child following accusations he engaged in sexual contact with a student under the age of 17—a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Barona was arrested again in April in connection with separate sexual misconduct allegations and charged with improper relationship between educator and student, also a second-degree felony.

In January, Lewisville ISD teacher and football coach Cecil Timothy Morrison Jr. was arrested in another North Texas prostitution sting.

The three are among a string of Texas educators charged with sex crimes, and more “bad apples” are exposed almost daily.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.