SHERMAN, TX - A Sherman school teacher is behind bars tonight in Collin County, accused of soliciting a minor in an online chat room.
Online court records show 30-year-old Nolan Mathis, a former elementary teacher at the Montessori Academy of North Texas, was arrested Friday, December 8, for soliciting a minor online.
School director Angela Magers says she was blindsided by his arrest.
"Shocked, shocked and saddened for his wife and his two children and the impact on our students for their loss," said Magers.
Magers says she was immediately informed about the arrest by Collin County Sheriff's investigators. She says Mathis has been fired, and every effort was made to make all parents aware of the situation, including a letter, which she says she handed out to parents whose kids attend the Montessori Academy. Magers also says Mathis, like every other teacher at the Montessori, went through an extensive background check before he was hired.
"We perform a comprehensive background check through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and through the Texas Department of Public Safety, and an FBI background check. There was no criminal activity on Mr. Mathis' background, and law enforcement officials have confirmed this," Magers said.
Magers says she was assured by Collin County Sheriff's Office that no criminal activity took place at their school.
"On two accounts I specifically asked if we should have any concerns on our campus, and I was reassured both times that absolutely with no doubt nothing happened on our premises, nothing happened with any child from our program, on or off our campus, and nothing happened in Grayson County, that this is an isolated incident in Collin County," said Magers.
Mathis faces two felony counts of online solicitation of a minor. Court records show he's currently being held in the Collin County Jail on $40,000 bond.