Godley band teacher accused of improper relationship with student

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A Godley High School teacher surrendered Tuesday evening on a warrant accusing him of having an improper relationship with a female student.

Taylor Duane Cathey, 32, turned himself in at the Johnson County Jail about 6 p.m., the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday in a news release.

He remained in the jail Wednesday with bail set at $75,000.

Cathey began a friendship with the female student about a year ago, and it progressed into a sexual relationship, sheriff’s Lt. Tim Jones said.

Jones said the investigation began last week after the girl told a third party about the relationship. That person told the girl’s parents, who reported the relationship to the school resource deputy, Jones said.

Improper relationship between an educator and student is a second-degree felony.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the student told investigators that one of the sexual encounters occurred in early October in the high school’s band hall music library.

Cathey was placed on paid administrative leave last week when the allegations arose, as is standard protocol, school Superintendent Rich Dear said.

He said Cathey has worked for the district for six years.

According to a biography on the district’s website, Cathey is an assistant band director and director of percussion for the district who assists with the high school marching band. He directs the concert band, teaches the GHS Percussion Ensemble and is the high school journalism teacher and adviser for the high school yearbook.

The district has reported Cathey’s arrest to the State Board for Educator Certification, Dear said.

“We are cooperating fully with law enforcement officials,” Dear said. “As this matter involves an active police investigation, the GISD will not make any further comment.”

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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