North Hopkins teacher resigns, arrested for improper relationship with student

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

June 17, 2007 - A woman who served as secondary coach this last year was charged Friday for an improper relationship with one of her students.

Heather Alicia Thompson, 30, of Sulphur Springs resigned her position as a coach and teacher at North Hopkins prior to her arrest Friday, for improper relationship between an educator and a student. She turned herself in Friday to Hopkins County Sheriff’s Investigator Lewis Tatum on the charge.

Tatum became involved after a “responsible party at North Hopkins school” reported the allegations to authorities, as is required by law when such allegations are brought to their attention. 

After investigation, Tatum received information the relationship between Thompson and a 17-year-old male student had been ongoing since about April 1.

Thompson was contacted regarding the charges. She came in for an interview, and surrendered to Tatum around 9 a.m. Friday, confessing during the interview to the second-degree felony offense, according to arrest reports. She was booked into jail, arraigned, then released on $20,000 jail, according to jail reports.

Prior to turning herself in, Thompson officially resigned her post at North Hopkins School. Officials there will have 5 days to notify Texas Education Agency in writing of the allegations against Thompson. It is standard procedure for an educator’s teacher certification to be “red flagged” by state officials, until the case is resolved either by conviction or acquittal.

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