Two more women testify about sexual relationships with former Arlington teacher
11/12/2013 10:01 PM
11/13/2013 9:06 AM
Her former English teacher gave her a gram of marijuana to sell for him while they were having an affair, a woman testified Tuesday during the teacher’s trial.
Brandon Ashley McDaniel, 38, was accused of having sex with five students at Sam Houston High School in Arlington. He pleaded guilty Monday to four counts of improper relationships with students and asked for a jury to decide his punishment.
McDaniel could receive up to 20 years in prison on each count. Alana Minton and Christy Jack are prosecuting.
The woman, now a 20-year-old college student, said she was 12 when she first met McDaniel at her sister’s graduation party. When she was 15 or 16, they had oral sex during a mock trial in Dallas, she testified.
McDaniel gave her cigarettes, marijuana and tequila, she said. McDaniel gave her money that she saw him take from a student snack fund, she testified. At the time, she told the jury, she thought she was in love.
“When you’re 15 and someone tells you they love you, you believe them because they can lie so well,” the woman said she wrote in a statement to police.
And when word got around that McDaniel was doing the same thing with other female students, the woman said, she began to be afraid.
“I told police that he’s about to lose his wife, his family and everything he has accumulated his whole life,” the woman said. “And there’s nothing more scary than someone with nothing left to lose.”
Another former student, now 20, testified that she had oral sex with McDaniel during a debate tournament when she was 15 or 16. She told her boyfriend most of what happened.
“He got upset and told me he was going to tell my parents, but I told him not to and he didn’t,” the woman said. “At the time it happened, I didn’t want to tell anyone.”
Just like the two witnesses who testified at McDaniel’s trial on Monday, the two women who testified Tuesday said they had not told their parents that they were testifying.
“My mother still doesn’t know everything that happened,” the woman said. “I didn’t tell her because it’s embarrassing.”
Arlington school administrators placed McDaniel on administrative leave Feb. 8, 2012, and he resigned in March.
Testimony is expected to continue today in state District Judge Robb Catalano’s court.
Join the Discussion
Fort Worth Star-Telegram is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.