Northeast Tarrant

Euless junior high student pregnant; ex-teacher faces charges

Cornelius Antoine Smith, 26, a former teacher and coach at Euless Junior High, has been accused of sexually assaulting a student.
Cornelius Antoine Smith, 26, a former teacher and coach at Euless Junior High, has been accused of sexually assaulting a student. Courtesy

A former teacher and coach at Euless Junior High who had a monthslong sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student who became pregnant faces a charge of sexual assault of a child, officials say.

Cornelius Antoine Smith, 26, was charged June 23 with sexual assault of a child under age 17. Jail booking records show that Smith turned himself in at the Tarrant County Jail on June 22 and was released on $75,000 bail.

Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district officials said Smith was in his first year as a teacher in the district, had been “thoroughly vetted prior to his employment, and had no offenses on his record.”

Smith resigned when he was notified that the district was going to start termination proceedings, a district spokeswoman said this week.

School officials said Euless police notified them that they were investigating a complaint that Smith was having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

The arrest warrant affidavit for Smith, which the Star-Telegram obtained Friday, includes this account:

Smith first appeared at the Euless Police Department on June 3 accompanied by the girl’s mother, father and aunt, who spoke only Spanish.

He was told that he did not have to talk to police, but he consented to be interviewed. Smith told a detective that he had sexual intercourse with the student once for about 10 seconds in the parking lot of a vacant 99 Cent Store around May 11 and did not believe he had ejaculated. Smith said that he did not use a condom and that sex was difficult because it was her first time.

After the interview, Smith left the police station.

The girl gave a different account. On June 15, she told an interviewer that Smith was her speech teacher. Their relationship became physical last fall after several conversations on KiK, a messaging application popular with teens.

The girl said Smith would email her third-period teacher to let her go to his classroom during his conference period. They would kiss, and she described how they talked about oral sex. She performed oral sex on him, but she did not want him to perform oral sex on her, she said.

During spring break in March, they had oral sex and sexual intercourse at her house “on more than one occasion” usually after 5 p.m. when her parents were away. She said Smith told her he used a condom.

The girl said she contacted Smith possibly on June 2 to tell him that she believed she was pregnant. Two pregnancy test kits showed positive results. Smith then took her to a local pregnancy center where she was told that she was pregnant.

The girl told the interviewer that “she wanted it to be known that she did agree to have sex” with Smith.

The girl said that Smith told her that he would help her if she had the child or if she had an abortion, but he would have to take his wife and children to East Texas before he could care for her and their child, according to the girl.

The girl’s mother gave police a cellphone her daughter used. Investigators recovered messages that corroborated the girl’s account. Her stepfather told an investigator that he, the student and her mother visited a clinic on June 13 and were told the girl was eight weeks pregnant.

School district officials began working to terminate Smith soon after police alerted the officials.

“The human resources department met with him immediately and indicated to him the district’s intent to terminate his employment. When presented with this information, Mr. Smith resigned,” according to an email from district spokeswoman Deanne Hullender.

Hullender said the district “will not tolerate inappropriate interactions or communications with students.”

“The district is cooperating with the local police and immediately notified the State Board for Educator Certification,” she said. “The district has also reached out to the family of the victim to provide support for the student and her family.”

Smith’s educators certificate is under review by the board’s Professional Discipline Unit, according to online records.

Deanna Boyd: 817-390-7655, @deannaboyd

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3