A former College Station teacher was arrested Thursday on charges of having an improper relationship with a student.
Law enforcement sources tell KBTX’s Rusty Surette that the student was 18-years-old.
Online jail records show Matthew Allen Thompson, 33, was booked into the Brazos County Detention Center and bonded out on Thursday.
Thompson was a science teacher at A&M Consolidated High School when the alleged relationship took place.
A spokesman for College Station ISD says after the school district learned of the alleged relationship, Thompson was immediately placed on leave on Friday, April 21st.
Thompson resigned on Sunday, April 23rd, according to CSISD spokesman Chuck Glenewinkel.
“CSISD fully cooperated with College Station police during the investigation. Accusations of a staff member engaging in this type of conduct are unsettling, and if proven to be true, completely unacceptable and not tolerable. The safety and well-being of students is the top priority of CSISD,” said Glenewinkel.
Following his arrest on Thursday, CSISD sent an email to parents to inform them of the investigation.
Governor Greg Abbott this week signed into law a crackdown on inappropriate relationships between teachers and students.
The measure requires principals and superintendents to report inappropriate teacher-student relationships or face jail time and fines up to $10,000. The teacher’s family could also lose access to the teacher’s pension.
It further mandates that a teacher automatically lose his or her license if he or she has to register as a sex offender.
Teachers would also get training on how to properly handle personal boundaries and relationships with students.
The Texas Education Agency in 2016 opened 220-plus investigations involving inappropriate teacher-student relationships.
Abbott signed the bill Thursday during a ceremony in his office at the state Capitol saying, “Texas will protect its children from sexual predators in our classrooms.”