Former Arlington Heights teacher appears in court

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FORT WORTH -- A former Arlington Heights High School teacher and coach accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student surrendered to authorities last week after an arrest warrant was issued for him for failing to show up at a court hearing.

Chad Hawkins and his attorney showed up Friday in a Fort Worth court where his bond was reinstated, according to Tarrant County criminal court records.

Hawkins, a former Texas Rangers prospect, told a judge that he had hired an attorney, Izak Gregory of Southlake, and he was allowed to leave the courtroom, a court official said Monday.

A Tarrant County grand jury will consider the case in the next few weeks.

An arrest warrant was issued Feb. 8 for Hawkins, 34, after he failed to appear at a court hearing that day.

Hawkins, who was a history teacher and assistant boys basketball and baseball coach, had been free on $15,000 bail after his arrest last month.

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

Police found Hawkins and the girl together -- apparently making out -- in his car Jan. 16 near LA Fitness in Westworth Village. An officer was patrolling the parking lot and noticed a car with the passenger windows steamed up, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

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.

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