Sherman teacher arrested for soliciting a minor online

By: Jalah Gray Email
By: Jalah Gray Email

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.

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  • by Dexter Location: Denison on Dec 15, 2011 at 04:13 PM
    POLITICALLY CONNECTED. Is this "MANT Incorporated" school OWNED by the family of the MAYOR of Sherman ? I notice that the letter sent out had the MAYOR and his WIFE's signiture on it. Very curious that the story has not reappeared on TV... will we be updated ?
  • by Mtaylor Location: Texas on Dec 13, 2011 at 07:30 PM
    This is just another sad story about a person ruining the reputation of teachers. Yes, teachers are human beings that have a right to live their life. What i don't understand is why someone would throw away all the years of going to college to be pervert or want to engage in sexual activity with one of their students. I've been a teacher for 16 1/2 years and never I mean never would I even think or want to do anything with a student. If you have a problem and can't say no, then please get out of education and quit ruining teachers reputations.
  • by Anonymous-Practical Location: Sherman on Dec 12, 2011 at 09:23 PM
    I would agree with Anonymous' comment. We should wait and see the circumstances before crucifying this man. People make mistakes but lets save some of the accusations for this family's sake until the truth is known.
  • by Phil on Dec 12, 2011 at 04:42 PM
    He's probably one of those classsless loser idiots who always says "only in Oklahoma".
  • by Mark Washburn Location: Sherman on Dec 12, 2011 at 02:51 PM
    If this man is guilty, give him the maximum sentence. The MANT School is doing a good job as most schools but with our sin sick society this can happen anywhere. Our sex driven society is getting worse and all kinds of perversions is going on. America Repent and turn to God and He will heal our land. The MANT School's security sounds good and all schools can learn from them. One bad apple, is what it is, a bad apple not a ruined barrell of Apples.
  • by Parent of MANT children Location: Sherman TX on Dec 12, 2011 at 11:50 AM
    This isolated incident, while sad, was handled by the MANT leadership extraordinarily well. On Friday, I dropped my children off at MANT. A handful of staff and Mrs Magers were there to personally inform the parents of what occurred. I was told about the incidient, handed a letter explaining what occurred, and later that day was informed again when I picked my children up. Those that have children attending the afterschool only program were personally called, as they would not receive their notice until when they picked up their child. Any parent alleging they didn't receive notice should be second guessed. As I stated, I received conversation on drop off, again discussed on pick up and was given a letter. A friend, was personally called as her child only attends the afterschool program. This business does an extrordinary job at teaching our youth. It is important to state that MANT's security system is excellent. There are camera's in each room. Parents have unique secured log ins to only the class room in which their children attend. I can access the rooms from the internet and observe my children, their behavior and the teachers as well. Log ins are monitored to ensure there is not over use of the monitoring as an added safety. This community is saddened by what has happened at MANT. The parents bind together with the school, the faculty, and leadership and fully support this incident and the way it was handled.
  • by Cares Location: Dallas on Dec 12, 2011 at 11:23 AM
    Does his wife and kids think he is innocent?
  • by x9 on Dec 12, 2011 at 09:18 AM
    This boy is innocent.
  • by hog Location: sherman on Dec 12, 2011 at 08:34 AM
    UR right ... no one cares
  • by Santa Location: Sherman on Dec 12, 2011 at 08:15 AM
    Nothing criminal happened in Grayson county? Nothing he got caught at possibly? Background checks only show records of those who are caught.
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