FORT WORTH -- A Keller district middle school teacher admitted to a school official that he had sex with a 17-year-old student in October and November, saying he didn't believe that he was committing a crime because she was an adult and did not attend his school, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released Tuesday.
Chad Eric Bearden, 34, gave school officials a statement in late December about the relationship and resigned Jan. 3, the affidavit stated.
Bearden, who taught drama at Hillwood Middle School, is accused of taking the 17-year-old student to his Haltom City apartment at least twice last year and having sex with her.
He surrendered to authorities Thursday and was released Friday on $10,000 bail.
Hillwood is in far north Fort Worth and is in the Keller district. The girl attended high school in the district.
Bearden began working in the district in July 2001.
Under a law that took effect Sept. 1, an educator may not have an improper relationship with a student in the district where he or she is employed, even if the student is an adult.
Previously, the law prohibited relationships between educators and students from the same campus.
An improper relationship is defined as sexual contact or sexual intercourse or online solicitation for sex. Age is not a factor.
The affidavit stated that Amanda Bigbee, an attorney for the Keller district, notified Haltom City police Dec. 22 that school officials had received a report of a possible improper relationship between a student and a teacher.
The student had told her parents that she had had sex with Bearden at his apartment, according to the affidavit.
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