A Ross. S. Sterling High School physics teacher is in custody after allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a female student.
Court documents state Samuel Scott Johnson, 49, engaged in sexual intercourse with the student multiple times since at least November.
Dane Schiller, a Harris County District Attorney’s Office spokesman, said their system shows Johnson is in jail, and prosecutors have filed a request for no bond. In addition, they have also filed a motion for an order of emergency protection. Schiller added judges set bonds, and Judge Nikita Harmon of the 176th Criminal Court has not made a decision.
The school district released a statement about the alleged incident.
“Earlier this week, Goose Creek CISD learned of allegations that an educator was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a student,” the statement read. “The educator involved resigned within a matter of days of the district beginning its investigation. At this time, the district’s administrative investigation is concluded. The allegations are isolated in nature, and we have no information indicating that the employee engaged in a pattern of inappropriate conduct.”
District officials also stated since an active law enforcement investigation is ongoing, they will not comment further on the “allegations or the individuals involved at this time.”
“We ask the Goose Creek CISD community to remain vigilant by reporting any concerning activity involving an employee’s communications or relationship with a student or minor to a Goose Creek CISD administrator or police officer immediately,” the statement said.
Susan Passmore, Goose Creek CISD spokeswoman, said the allegations were reported to the Texas Education Agency and to the State Board of Educator Certification.
Johnson had worked at Sterling for 10 years.
It was the second investigation into allegations of an improper relationship between Johnson and the female student. The first was in November.
Goose Creek CISD Officer Shawn Hantz said in court documents he was informed of the inappropriate relationship on Monday. He was told Sterling’s Academic Dean Jennifer Fierro received a report from a counselor about the relationship.
Hantz, along with a Sgt. Mellado and Officer Alamos of the Goose Creek police department met with Fierro to talk about the alleged incident. They were told another student reported to the counselor that the female student told them about “smoking weed with an unknown teacher and him performing a sexual act on her,” court records stated.
Fierro believed the story and turned it over to Goose Creek police. However, court records state no additional evidence was discovered, and the case was closed.
Two weeks after the first report on Nov. 19, Fierro told officers a counselor Heather Workman saw a female student coming out of Johnson’s class and reported it because she was not one of his current students.
On Monday morning, another student told Workman about the sexual relationship between the student and Johnson. The documents state Workman was told by this other student that the female student was picked up by Johnson, taken to his home, and had sex. The student also said Johnson gave money to the female student to purchase lingerie and other items.
Fierro had the female student come to her office and asked about the relationship. The student denied having sex and said Johnson was “only a friend.” But the girl admitted Johnson was picking her up from her home.
Johnson was called to Fierro’s office, where he admitted he bought the girl flowers and picking her up but denied anything inappropriate. He provided a written statement regarding the relationship and was placed on administrative leave.
The student’s mother arrived at the school just minutes after Fierro was speaking with Johnson and was notified about the alleged relationship. The mother agreed to go into Workman’s office and gained access to all of her daughter’s social media accounts.
The mother also noticed her daughter had hickeys on her neck that were not there the night before.
After being questioned by an officer, the girl admitted to having sex with Johnson about four times.
The girl was also asked if Johnson was having a relationship with any other student, and she said another girl had found his Twitter account and messaged him about work, but nothing else happened.
The report states Johnson had a conversation with the district’s Human Resources Director Eloy Chapa, where he admitted to having sexual relations with the girl student and provided a written statement.
A probable cause hearing was held for Johnson Thursday night.
This is the second time during this school year Goose Creek CISD has had issues with teachers and inappropriate relationships with a student. In November, Margaret Denton, an assistant band director at Sterling, resigned after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct with a former student.
And last year, a fifth-grade teacher at James Bowie Elementary resigned after it was reported he inappropriately touched three female students.