Arrest warrant issued for ex-Arlington Heights teacher-coach in indecency case

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FORT WORTH -- An arrest warrant has been issued for a former Arlington Heights High School teacher-coach who is facing charges of indecency with a child, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Chad Hawkins of Euless did not show up for a court hearing on Feb. 8 so the warrant was issued, said Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Kelly Meador.

The former Texas Rangers prospect, who was a history teacher and assistant boys basketball and baseball coach at Heights, has been free on $15,000 bond since his arrest last month.

Hawkins, 34, is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old girl who was a student in his history class, according to an arrest and search warrant affidavits.

The former coach created a fake Facebook page using the name Thomas Durdan to flirt with the student, authorities said.

The messages between the teacher and student were steamy at times and occasionally sent during school hours, the affidavits stated.

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 wrote, "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.

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.

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, according to Fort Worth school district officials.

He resigned from his job last month.

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-Telegram.

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 other charge was dismissed as part of a plea bargain, according to the records.

This report includes information from Star-Telegram archives.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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