Selma Police arrest Selma High School teacher

Published 3:14 pm Friday, April 19, 2013

Selma High School health teacher is placed in the back of a police car after being arrested Friday afternoon. -- Tim Reeves

Selma High School health teacher is placed in the back of a police car after being arrested Friday afternoon. — Tim Reeves

By Ashley Johnson and Katie Wood

Selma Police arrested Selma High School teacher LaTanglia Williams Friday afternoon at Selma High School. Police escorted her out of the school, handcuffed her in the parking lot and then placed her in a patrol car.

According to the Selma Police Department, Williams will face at least three felony charges and one misdemeanor charge and has a bond of $1,006,000. Williams was arrested, “for alleged inappropriate criminal behavior with more than one student,” District Attorney Michael Jackson said.

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LWilliams_mugshot_forwebWilliams was charged with possession of obscene matter containing visual depiction of persons under the age of 17 involved in obscene acts, electronic solicitation of a child, enticing a minor for immoral purposes and a misdemeanor charge for a school employee having sexual contact with a student.

Selma Chief of Police William T. Riley said the misdemeanor charge of an employee having an inappropriate relationship with a student is relevant to a student of any age.

Riley said the charges stem from inappropriate relationships with two students from Selma High School where Williams is a health teacher.

The police department, the district attorney and Selma High School Superintendent Gerald Shirley began looking into the matter in February. At that time, Riley told the Times-Journal the investigation began after one of the victims’ mother came forth with information regarding the alleged relationships.

“As a parent, she was concerned and it was something she wanted us to look into, so that’s what we’re doing,” Riley said.

Jackson confirmed there was not enough information during the initial investigation to make an arrest back in February and now after her arrest even more charges could come.

“The investigation is ongoing and there might be some more criminal charges being brought,” Jackson said but would not identify what those charges would be.

Jackson said Williams, who is the daughter of Dallas County Commissioner Curtis Williams, would go before District Judge Bob Armstrong, next week.

Riley said authorities have taken this investigation seriously because it has involved area schools and children.

“The goal is to maintain a safe environment for children, whether it be at home or at school. This is definitely something we are concerned about,” Riley said. “We are going to continue to look into this and any information that may come up we will follow it.”

—Staff writer Sarah Cook contributed to this report.