Former FW teacher busted for inappropriate relationship

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by TODD UNGER

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WFAA

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 24 at 12:40 AM

FORT WORTH — A former Fort Worth ISD teacher, and one-time pitcher in the Texas Rangers organization, is being accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student at Arlington Heights High School.

Chad Hawkins, 34, was found in his car with the girl last week, according to court documents.

A Westworth Village police officer noticed the car windows "were steamed up."  An affidavit states the two engaged in sexual touching in a gym parking lot.

"What makes you think you can do that with a 16-year-old girl? It's sick," said Arlington Heights senior Jose Garcia.

The relationship apparently developed online through Facebook.  Police said the history teacher set up a fake profile account under the name "Thomas Durdan," from which he could then message the girl — sometimes during school hours. 

In one message, the "Durdan" account wrote:

"I want you to walk into my class next period and sit right on my lap ha!"

"It's shocking," said Karen Casey, who has a student at Arlington Heights.

Even more concerning for some parents was that Hawkins was also an athletic coach at the school. 

Hawkins was drafted by the Rangers organization in 2000.  A spokesperson said on Wednesday he never pitched in the major leagues and only played in the minors for a "couple of seasons." 

He resigned late last week from Fort Worth ISD. 

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