ARLINGTON - An Army specialist might be facing his toughest battle.
Christopher Colleps says he has been attacked and smeared since his wife turned herself in to authorities to face five charges of an improper relationship with a student. Thursday, Mr. Colleps walked into a room holding his wife's hand before reading from a prepared statement.
In a written statement, the military veteran promised to stand by Brittni Colleps despite the accusations that she had sex with five 18-year-old students from Kennedale High School.
"If you know Brittni, you will know that she is an empathetic, compassionate, loving, loyal person," he said. "Brittni is a loving mother that continuously puts the needs of her children above her own."
Court papers say the 27-year-old English teacher had sex with one student multiple times. Search warrants served at the house could also add to the claim that there were explicit text messages from the teacher.
Police say video evidence of one encounter at the Colleps' Arlington home may have included all five students. Still, Mr. Colleps told reporters he loves his wife.
"I hope you will not pass judgment on her because you don't have all the facts or details according to the situation," he said.
The Colleps' attorney said family and friends have been extremely supportive, and he has received calls of support from Kennedale teachers, parents and students.
Mrs. Colleps did not say anything during the 10-minute news conference. Her attorneys said she is not ready to deny or defend the claims against her.
"At the present time, she is not saying anything, which is her right,." said Lex Johnston.
Johnston said Mrs. Colleps is on paid leave during the investigation, but added she plans to resign her teaching certificate and go back to college.
Mr. Colleps is headed back to his post in Fort Polk, Louisiana.