Month: February 2013

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Police: (Collin County) Teacher sent explicit video to student
PLANO, Texas – By: myfoxdfw.com Staff – email
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A Collin County teacher was arrested and has resigned because of allegations that he sent inappropriate video of himself to a student.

Plano police said 36-year-old Marcus Antoine Hunley is charged with indecency with a child by exposure. In 2007 he allegedly had an online relationship one of his 16-year-old students and sent her explicit photos and video of himself masturbating.

At the time Hunley was a band instructor at Clark High School in Plano. More recently he was an assistant band director at Evans Middle School in McKinney. The district said he resigned after being arrested.

Police the said girl did not come forward with her allegations until recently. And although they believe she was the only victim, they encourage others to report any other incidents.

Hunley is currently free on a $7,500 bond.

THIS IS NOT THE ONLY RECENT COLLIN COUNTY TEACHER/STUDENT INCIDENT AS OF RECENT TIMES:

PLANO ISD ELEMENTARY COACH CHARGED WITH CHILD INDECENCY

October 17, 2012 5:39 PM

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MURPHY (CBSDFW.COM) – A Murphy elementary school coach is charged with indecency with a child, for several alleged incidents of inappropriately touching a Hunt Elementary School student.

Todd Reich, 38, is accused of touching the breasts of first grade student and making her touch his genitals over his clothing, according to an arrest affidavit.

The abuse happened at the school and started when the victim was in kindergarten when Reich would rub her back and touch her bottom.

The Collin County Sheriff’s Department says Reich threatened to kill the victim, her parents and her dog if she told anyone about it.

The victim told investigators that Reich had been warned by the school’s principal not to have contact with her, but Reich ignored that warning.

Plano ISD is not commenting on any warnings given to Reich and is not confirming the identity of the teacher. But the district sent out a letter, which reads in part:

“We were notified last night of the arrest of a Hunt Elementary School employee by the Collin County Sheriff’s Department. An investigation regarding alleged inappropriate behavior with a former student is ongoing and details remain confidential.”

The district says is it working with police during the investigation and the teacher has been placed on administrative leave.

The parent letter goes on to say, “Our team at Hunt Elementary would like you to know that the security of our students is of the utmost importance and we feel it is imperative to keep the lines of communication with our families open as we work together to maintain an environment of trust and safety. We will keep you informed appropriately as details become available.”

This is the second time a Hunt Elementary teacher has been charged with a sexual crime against students.

Joseph Garbarini was sentenced to more than 60 years in prison for abusing kindergarten age girls.

A lawsuit filed this year claims the school ignored warning signs in that case, which happened during the 2009-2010 school year, the same year Reich is accused of committing his crime.

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East Texas Jury Deliberates on Kidnapping of Boy Hidden for 8 Years

Krystie Tanner

SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas (AP) — An East Texas jury sentenced two women to prison Tuesday after convicting them of kidnapping a Houston boy when he was 8 months old and hiding him for eight years before he was found.

Gloria Walker was sentenced to 30 years for injury to a child and eight years for kidnapping, to be served concurrently. Her daughter, Krystle Tanner, was sentenced to eight years for kidnapping and eight years for the lesser charge of reckless injury to a child, also to be served concurrently.

Earlier in the day the same jury convicted them in the 2004 disappearance of Miguel Morin, who is now 8. Walker had faced up to life in prison, and Tanner faced 20 years.

“We believe that justice was done on behalf of Miguel,” said San Augustine County District Attorney Kevin Dutton.

After the sentences were announced, both women told state District Judge Charles Mitchell they had done nothing wrong, insisting Miguel’s mother had given him away.

“Justice is not served. We have not hurt no child. We loved and cared for him,” Walker said before she and her daughter were handcuffed and taken away by authorities.

Jurors and attorneys for Tanner, 27, and Walker, 51, declined to comment afterward.

Prosecutors told jurors during closing arguments earlier Tuesday that Tanner and Walker neglected Miguel during the eight years they hid him from authorities, denying him appropriate medical care and keeping him out of school.

But defense attorneys countered there was no abduction because the boy’s mother sold him to the women and his parents never showed any concern for their son and refused to cooperate with authorities.

The trial was in San Augustine, about 140 miles northeast of Houston, where authorities say Miguel lived part of the time during his kidnapping.

During the trial’s punishment phase, both Walker and Tanner testified, asking jurors to sentence them to probation.

“I didn’t do nothing wrong,” said a tearful Walker. She also told jurors she had very little contact with the boy, saying she was focused more on dealing with various health problems.

But Tanner contradicted her mother, telling jurors Miguel lived with Walker for extended periods of time. Tanner said she never hurt or abused Miguel.

“I didn’t know they were looking for him. I didn’t know he was missing,” she said.

Prosecutors did not present any witnesses during the punishment phase but did ask jurors for a 25-year-sentence for Walker and an eight-year term for Tanner.

Authorities said Tanner, who used to babysit Miguel, took the boy from his Houston apartment complex when he was an infant and that she and her mother kept him hidden in homes in Central and East Texas, renaming him Jaquan.

Dutton said in his closing argument that claims by Tanner and Walker that Miguel was given to them by his mother are not supported by their actions.

“If Ms. Walker and Ms. Tanner had a right to little Miguel, why wasn’t he in school?” he said. “Why didn’t you get the rest of his immunizations? Why didn’t you take him to the dentist? They knew they didn’t have that right. They knew they couldn’t put that baby out in the public eye.”

Miguel remained missing until March 2012, when Tanner and Walker were arrested. Authorities began investigating Tanner in 2010 after her newborn son tested positive for marijuana. Investigators later determined that she had the missing boy.

San Augustine County Attorney Wesley Hoyt, the other prosecutor in the case, told jurors Miguel stayed missing for years in part because of a flawed investigation by Houston police, which closed the case in 2006.

But Rudy Velasquez, Walker’s attorney, told jurors Miguel’s parents, Auboni Champion-Morin and Fernando Morin, didn’t cooperate with Houston police after the boy was reported missing and never really showed any concern for their son.

A Houston police investigator testified during the four-day trial last week she thought this was not a kidnapping case but one about interference with child custody because she believed the boy’s parents and Tanner had an agreement related to his custody.

“This is not a kidnapping. What has happened is you have a young lady who gave her child away,” Velasquez said. “Ms. Morin was willing to sell her child for $200.”

The boy’s parents were not in the courtroom on Tuesday. But Champion-Morin, had testified her son was taken by Tanner and that Houston police did not keep in touch with her about the case.

Donovan Dudinsky, Tanner’s attorney, told jurors to consider that Miguel is currently not living with his parents but is instead in the custody of a Houston-area couple in deciding whether to believe the parents’ claims that their son was taken.

A Houston judge last month placed Miguel with Junita and Joseph Auguillard, who have also been taking care of Miguel’s four siblings for nearly 10 years under an agreement they have with the boy’s parents.

Miguel has been told about the true identity of his parents and his siblings, and he has been having weekly joint therapy sessions with his parents.

“I hope years later (Miguel) looks back on this day and understands there were good people looking out for him,” San Augustine County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Gary Cunningham said after the sentences were handed down.

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