Two Fannin County educators accused of child abuse


FANNIN COUNTY, TX -- Two Fannin County educators were arrested last week accused of abusing a special needs child. Police say the two instructors worked with special needs children through the STRIDE program at I.W. Evans Intermediate. It is there where police say the alleged abuse occurred.

Bonham Police say teacher 29-year-old Adriane Connerley and para-educator 39-year-old Brent Johnson are charged with a 3rd degree felony of injury to a child and unlawful restraint. They are accused of harming a 10-year-old special needs child.

"The young man was slapped more than once and then he was restrained... His leg was bent up behind him and also his arms were, he was laying on the ground and his arms were put behind him," Chief Mike Bankston said.

Bonham Police Chief Mike Bankston says the educators were employees of the Fannin County Special Education Shared Services Arrangement and were assigned to I.W. Evans Intermediate. He says the act was all caught on tape and that the instructors were unaware of the camera.

"They had a video going in an area where they thought they had some theft problems, and they thought that maybe someone was coming in stealing money and so they put up this video camera, and it's in an area that normally the children are not there so we didn't have a privacy issue with that," Bankston said.

Fannin County SSA released this in a statement.

"Upon receiving those allegations, the SSA immediately began an investigation and is currently in the process of investigating the allegations... at this time, all appropriate measures have been taken to ensure the health and safety of the students in Fannin County SSA."

Bankston says he is disappointed his department had to make the arrests.

"It was a shocking and a little disheartening. You have a child that obviously has some problems, but you have people that are in positions that are supposed to be trained to handle those types of problems," Bankston said.

"Angry. Very very angry," that is how Charisa Colten -- who is a private nurse for a Bonham special needs student -- says she feels.

"It absolutely breaks my heart. There's no excuse," Colten said.

Bankston says Connerley is the wife of the Police Chief in Ector, Texas. We reached out for comment, but have not received a response.

Police say both Connerley and Johnson resigned from Fannin County SSA.

The Fannin County Jail says both bonded out on $10,000 dollars.


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