Former Arlington Heights coach faces indecency with child charges

Posted Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013  Print Reprints

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FORT WORTH -- A former Arlington Heights High School teacher/coach who is facing a charge of indecency with a child created a fake Facebook page to flirt with the student, authorities said.

Chad Hawkins, who was an assistant boys basketball and baseball coach and a history teacher at Heights before resigning last week, used the name Thomas Durdan on the fake Facebook account.

His only Facebook friend: a 16-year-old student from his history class.

Hawkins, 34, is accused of having an inapropriate relationship with the girl and on Tuesday was arrested. The Euless man faces a charge of indecency with a child/fondling. He remained in the Tarrant County Jail Wednesday with bail set at $15,000.

The messages between the teacher and student were steamy at times and occasionally sent during school hours, according to arrest and search warrant affidavits obtained Wednesday by the Star-Telegram.

On Jan. 10, Durdan wrote, "I want you to walk into my class next period and sit right on my lap ha!"

She responded, "if you say so I'll do it."

Durdan answered, "My girl."

There were 90 pages of Facebook messages between Durdan and the girl, which ranged from giving her answers to history tests to sexually explosive comments.

On Jan. 12, Durdan said, "I can't wait to feel what it's like to be inside of you."

Hawkins and the girl were caught together -- apparently making out -- in his car on Jan. 16 near L.A. Fitness in Westworth Village by police.

A Westworth Village patrol officer was patrolling the parking lot of the fitness center when he noticed a car with the passenger windows steamed up, according to the affidavit.

The officer parked his vehicle and the man in the car got out, adjusting his clothes. The officer ordered the man back in the car and found the 16-year-old student with a partially unbuttoned blouse sitting inside, the affidavit stated.

When questioned by police, Hawkins said that he didn't believe he would get into trouble because he had not had sex with her. He also told the officer that he didn't realize that she was that young, according to the affidavits.

Hawkins was not arrested at the time as authorities continued to investigate.

Hawkins was allowed to leave the scene and the girl's grandmother was called to come and get her. The girl told authorities that Hawkins had picked her up from school and was giving her a ride home. The teen told police that she had told her grandmother about getting a ride home.

Her grandmother later told authorities that she didn't know that her granddaughter was with Hawkins.

At the Westworth Village police station, the teen told investigators that she had been in contact with Hawkins through Facebook and her home phone, according to the affidavit.

The teen also told authorities that she had left her backpack in Hawkins' car with her computer tablet in it.

The teen said that she didn't have sex with Hawkins, but that he had made inappropriate contact with her, the affidavit stated.

Authorities took the teen took Cook Children's Medical Center for an examination on the night of Jan. 16.

While at the hospital, a man who identified himself as "Thomas" called the teen, but her sister answered it, according to the affidavit. He asked if he could talk to the teen and return the computer tablet. The teen's sibling said her sister would call him back, but she never did.

Authorities began to search for Hawkins on Jan. 17 after he had given the Westworth Village officer a Bedford address, but another address in Euless had been found by investigators.

Hawkins was hired as a substitute teacher at Arlington Heights in January 2012 and was hired full-time as a teacher and coach in August, said Clint Bond, a Fort Worth school district spokesman.

He resigned from his job on Friday.

Hawkins has had legal problems in the past, according to Tarrant County criminal court records. He was arrested for driving while intoxicated and making a terroristic threat in January 2002 in Euless. He was sentenced to two years probation for the DWI charge and the othe charge was dismissed as part of a plea bargain, according to the records.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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