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Law Enforcement: School officer arrested on allegations of indecent sexual contact

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A Sulphur Springs High School police officer and a reserve officer for Sulphur Springs Police Department was arrested Friday on sex charges involving a child.

William Nathan Gaddis, 30, of Sulphur Springs was arrested by Texas Ranger John Vance around 3 p.m. Friday on two counts of indecency with a child who was less than 17 years old by sexual contact. Gaddis was arraigned shortly after being booked into Hopkins County jail, then released after his attorney secured the $25,000 bond set per charge.

Sulphur Springs Independent School District Superintendent Michael Lamb Saturday morning issued a written statement acknowledging that district officials had been made aware of Gaddis’ arrest and noting that the allegation was not school-related but appropriate measures have been taken, in accordance with district and legal policies. 

“This is a situation that stems from his personal life, not something that is connected with his job in any way. Because it is so personal in nature, we are not in a position to give many details. SSISD has placed Officer Nathan Gaddis on administrative leave during this investigation. The safety and wellbeing of our students is the greatest priority of SSISD,” the SSISD release stated.

Nathan Gaddis hasn’t been employed with SSISD for very long. In fact, Nathan Gaddis’ employment didn’t officially start until the school board approved him as a part-time security guard/traffic control staff at Sulphur Springs High School at their Oct. 21 meeting. He was officially hired as a full-time police officer with Sulphur Springs Independent School District Police Department, assigned to SSHS,  during SSISD board’s Dec. 9 meeting.

Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jim Bayuk Friday also confirmed that Nathan Gaddis had been serving as a reserve officer with SSPD. However, the reserve officer’s affiliation with SSPD ended Friday following his arrest.

William Nathan Gaddis graduated from East Texas Police Academy Nov. 10, 2011, after successfully completing all requirements of the basic peace officer certification course conducted week nights in Sulphur Springs.

The investigation into the allegations against Gaddis is being conducted exclusively by Texas Rangers as a police officer was involved.

 

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