Former Arlington Heights coach faces indecency with child charges

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

Chad Brandon Hawkins, who was an assistant boys basketball and baseball coach and 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, of Euless, was arrested Tuesday and was released Wednesday from the Tarrant County Jail on $15,000 bail.

The messages between the teacher and student were steamy at times and were 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 teen, which range from giving her answers to history tests to sexually explicit 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 Jan. 16 near L.A. Fitness in Westworth Village by a patrol officer who noticed a car with the passenger windows steamed up, the affidavit says.

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, the affidavit says.

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 only 16, according to the affidavits.

Hawkins was allowed to leave. The girl's grandmother was called to pick her up.

The girl told authorities that Hawkins had picked her up from school and was giving her a ride home. She 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, the affidavit says.

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

She said she didn't have sex with Hawkins but he made inappropriate contact with her, the affidavit says.

Authorities took her to Cook Children's Medical Center for an examination that night.

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

Authorities began to search for Hawkins on Jan. 17 after he gave the Westworth Village officer a Bedford address but they found another address for him in Euless.

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 Friday.

Records indicate that Hawkins played baseball at Grapevine High School and later at Baylor University, where he was an All-American and the 39th pick of the 2000 draft by the Texas Rangers, according to baseball-reference.com. He had injuries as he pitched in the Rangers minor league system through the 2002 season, according to previous reports in the Star-Telegam.

Hawkins' Tarrant County criminal records say he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and making a terroristic threat in January 2002 in Euless. He was sentenced to two years' probation on the DWI charge and the other charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement, the records say.

Staff writer Jessamy Brown contributed to this report.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.,

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