El Campo ISD continues to pursue charges against a former substitute teacher recently fired for videoing pornographic footage of herself in a high school classroom/workroom and uploading the videos to a porn website.
“ECPD is making those decisions based on the facts of the case. It is the consensus of the board to pursue any avenue made available by the law,” Superintendent Kelly Waters said.
As of Thursday morning, all of the former substitute teacher’s videos are disabled and cannot be viewed from that website, according to El Campo Police investigators and Chief Terry Stanphill.
“The case is still being reviewed, and we interviewed the suspect yesterday (Thursday),” Stanphill said. “The suspect is cooperating with the investigation.”
Although initially Stanphill told the newspaper the police “couldn’t identify any current state law that was violated,” now both the misdemeanor charges of public lewdness and indecent exposure have been reviewed by the department in cooperation with the Wharton County District Attorney’s Office, he said.
“I will leave it at that,” Stanphill said. “Both of those charges were brought up by the District Attorney’s Office early on. We have been looking at both of them.”
According to the Texas Penal Code, Section 21.07, a person commits public lewdness if they knowingly engage in sexual intercourse, oral sex or other sexual acts in a public place, or if not in a public place, the person is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed by the person.
It is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $4,000, jail time not to exceed one year, or both.
According to the Texas Penal Code, Section 21.08, a person commits indecent exposure if they expose their anus/genitals with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person, and he/she is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed by this act.
It is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by fine not to exceed $2,000, confinement not to exceed 180 days, or both.
In her original posting of the videos, the suspect admitted she tried to get students in the shot, but her camera would not focus. Students can also be heard in the background, despite Waters telling the newspaper in a previous article that no students were present.
In an official press release, the district deemed the suspect’s actions “unacceptable and inappropriate.” It ensured the public that all potential district employees, including substitute teachers, are vetted through a Department of Public Safety standard background check and other hiring processes. Also through ECPD, the district has taken steps to issue a criminal trespass warning to the suspect prohibiting her from school grounds and events.
Violation of the criminal trespass warning is a Class C misdemeanor offense according to the Texas Education Code 37.107 and is punishable by a fine of up to $500 with no jail time.