TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A former Keller ISD schoolteacher has been cleared of charges that he had sex with a 17-year old student.
A Tarrant County grand jury declined to indict Chad Bearden.
Bearden was a teacher at Hillwood Middle School and was arrested for having sex with a student who attended a different school.
Just before Christmas 2011 a female teenager told her parents that she had a sexual relationship with Bearden. During the time of the alleged offenses the teen was a student at Keller Central High School, also in the Keller ISD.
Bearden’s attorney, Lex Johnston, told KRLD NewsRadio 1080 while his client is glad to have been cleared he won’t be returning to the classroom.
“He’s more in shock at the moment. His teaching career is over and he’s trying to put his life back together and see what he can do,” said Johnston. “He’s been teaching for a while and that’s what he went to school for. Ultimately a teacher likes to keep teaching, but he’s resigned to the fact that he’s not gonna teach.”
Effective September 1, 2011, the law in Texas states that a teacher may not have a relationship with a student in the same school district, even if the student is an adult.
Johnston speculates the grand jury either didn’t find enough evidence against Bearden or questioned the new law and it’s fairness.
Despite the “no-bill” by the grand jury, Johnston said his client will most likely lose his teaching certificate. Bearden resigned from the Keller ISD in January.