Denison Police have opened an investigation into alleged misconduct between a male Denison Independent School District educator and an 18-year-old female Denison High School student, which may have spanned several months.
In separate emailed statements distributed Tuesday Denison ISD said the educator, who has not been named, was on administrative leave and the Denison Police Department stated that no charges or arrests have been made. Lt. Mike Eppler said school staff contacted the department on April 13 with concerns regarding the misconduct.
“All I can say is that it was alleged inappropriate conduct between an educator and student,” Eppler said, declining to provide additional details, including the educator’s age, amid the ongoing investigation.
The department’s release said “school personnel stated a relationship between a DISD teacher and adult student has allegedly been ongoing for a few months.”
Denison ISD Superintendent Henry Scott was not immediately available for comment Tuesday afternoon, but the district has pledged to cooperate fully with the police department and its investigation .
Despite the female student’s ability to consent as an adult, Eppler said a possible felony charge of inappropriate educator-student relationship could be filed against the district staff member.
“Consenting is not an issue as far as this charge goes,” Eppler said. "It is forbidden for an educator to have an inappropriate relationship with a student, no matter the age of a student."
Eppler said more serious charges could be filed if a student involved in alleged misconduct is under the age of 17 years old. However, Eppler said he did not immediately know whether the Denison High School student was 18 years old throughout the duration of the alleged misconduct.
Following the completion of the investigation Eppler said the case will be referred to the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office.