Former Lockhart teacher charged with sexual assault of a child

teacherverification July 16, 2012 0

By Ciara O’Rourke

A former teacher at Lockhart High School accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student was arrested Tuesday on charges of sexual assault of a child and having an improper relationship between an educator and a student.

Thomas Knox, 28, was booked and released from the Hays County jail on $100,000 in bail, according to court records.

The arrest comes eight months after Lockhart police arrested and charged the San Marcos resident with having an improper educator-student relationship.

Sgt. Richard Torres of the Lockhart Police Department said officers arrested Knox in November after the high school reported that students said Knox, then a teacher and coach at the school, was involved with a female student who was younger than 17 at the time.

According to the affidavit from yesterday’s arrest, the student had told a counselor at Roxanne’s House, a children’s advocacy center, that she had gone to Knox’s San Marcos apartment five different times.

During the first visit in August, she and Knox drank alcohol and watched movies before kissing on his couch, according to the affidavit. When Knox asked her, “Do you want to do this?” referring to sex, she said yes, the affidavit says.

She spent the night there and Knox dropped her off at a street behind her house in Lockhart the next morning, the affidavit says.

Lockhart school district officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Source : statesman

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