HONEY GROVE, TX - Chief Mark Johnson with the Honey Grove Police Department says Jordan Lane, a former Honey Grove teacher, was arrested Wednesday on charges of having an improper relationship with a 14-year-old student.
Johnson said, "it is hard. I mean, you feel like you've been betrayed and we send our kids to school to be educated and this is pretty hard."
27-year-old Jordan Lane was a teacher with the Honey Grove Independent School District until she resigned on June 20th. Wednesday, Lane was arrested on charges of having an improper relationship with a 14-year-old student, a second-degree felony.
"I got a tip of a relationship going on between a teacher and a student. And during that time I started talking to the people which was a bunch of high school students. As I started talking to them I learned that this thing was coming to light that there was more to it than just a rumor," Johnson said.
Lane was arrested at 2:45 p.m. and Precinct 3 Judge Emery Banker says he bonded her out the same afternoon. A surprise to Honey Grove Police Chief Mark Johnson. "From what I gather that's not an every day occurrence. We don't really see that a lot."
Superintendent of Honey Grove ISD Jeff Clark respectfully declined our request for an on-camera interview, but he did issue this statement: "...The information currently available to Honey Grove ISD is that the alleged conduct did not occur at school..."
Johnson said, "the improper conduct happened after hours, after school hours. What I gathered through the investigation, the relationship started during the school year but it didn't really get deep into a relationship until the end of the year."
Honey Grove Police, along with another agency, conducted a forensic interview at the young man's home. They also spoke with local witnesses to build what they consider a strong case against Lane. The investigation that began August 2nd, 2011 is nearing a close.
"We are going to re-evaluate what I'm doing and there may possibly be different charges filed other than what I have filed," said Johnson.
Chief Johnson is working closely with Fannin County District Attorney Richard Glaser to determine if Lane will be charged with one count of having an improper relationship or several counts of aggravated sexual assault.
He plans to file the case Monday morning.
The complete statement from Jeff Clark, Superintendent of Honey Grove ISD reads as follows:
"The Honey Grove Independent School District was notified by law enforcement officials Wednesday, August 17, 2011 of the arrest of a former HGISD employee on charges of suspected improper conduct with a minor. The information currently available to Honey Grove ISD is that the alleged conduct did not occur at school. School officials are cooperating fully with law enforcement, and taking every measure to assure the safety of all students."