A North Texas robotics teacher was arrested on charges relating to child pornography.

According to a report from The Dallas Express, Corey Lance Bankston worked at Greenville High School and was arrested by the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Thursday. He was charged with one count of possession of child pornography and four counts of possession with intent to promote child pornography. Bankston could face up to 30 years in prison. His bond was set at $320,000. 

HCSO deputies were serving three search warrants at the residence of Kari Lane regarding child pornography. Following the search, Bankston was arrested. Greenville Independent School District Police Department, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, and the Texas Rangers assisted Hunt County deputies. 

More charges could soon follow, pending a further investigation by HCSO. Hunt County Sheriff Terry Jones said that he does not tolerate these incidents and expects the case to be treated with the utmost priority. 

“I will not tolerate predators preying on any child,” said Jones. “Everyone is innocent until proven guilty but if you are found guilty of this type of crime, there is not a long enough sentence that can be served.”

Following Bankston’s arrest, Greenville ISD sent an email out to district staff and students’ parents saying that he had been placed on administrative leave and the district would be cooperating with the authorities.

Texas Scorecard reached out to Greenville ISD and was told that Bankston is no longer employed with the district. 

According to state records, Bankston’s teaching certificate is still valid. 

The Dallas Express reported that as of December 17, there have been” 54 pornography/obscene material offenses committed within Dallas city limits” in 2023. Additionally, the city has recorded over 700 sex offenses, “with the current median victim’s age at 16 years old.”

Texas Scorecard has exposed dozens of educators charged with sex crimes, with more being charged almost daily.

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.