(article courtesy: PanolaWatchman.com)

The Panola Watchman confirmed that a Carthage High School coach was arrested.

Carthage ISD released the following statement: "On the morning of May 11, 2017, Josh Ross, a Carthage High School teacher turned himself in to the Panola County Sheriff's Office. He was arrested for an inappropriate relationship with a 19 year old Carthage High School student. The incidents did not occur during school or on school property. Mr. Ross has been suspended at this time. Any additional information will be provided by the Panola County Sheriff's Office."

According to a statement from the Panola County Sheriff's Office, "Last month investigators with the Panola County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding an alleged relationship between a nineteen year old student and a coach with the Carthage High School. Investigators with the Carthage Police Department were informed and both departments began looking into the matter. After numerous interviews and other evidence collected from various electronic devices the information was forwarded to the Criminal District Attorney’s Office. On Wednesday an arrest warrant was issued for Joshua Michael Ross, age 36, of Carthage. Mr. Ross appeared at the Panola County Sheriff’s Office and was placed under arrest pursuant to that warrant. He was charged with Improper Relationship Between An Educator and Student and booked into the Panola County Detention Center. His bond was set at $10,000."

Texas Penal Code, Chapter 21, Sec. 21.12, defines an improper relationship between educator and student. (a) An employee of a public or private primary or secondary school commits an offense if the employee (3) engages in conduct described by Section 33.021, with a person described by Subdivision (1), or a person the employee knows is a person described by Subdivision (2)(A) or (B), regardless of the age of that person. An offense under this section is a felony of the second degree.

Ross faces a possible punishment of no less than 2 years to no more than 20 years imprisonment and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

According to the CISD website, Ross was a football-baseball coach and world history teacher before his suspension.

He was released on a $10,000 bond Thursday.


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