Former teacher accused of sexual assault

February 20, 2008 5:04:25 AM PST
There's new information about a former teacher at a small private school, accused of sexually assaulting one of his own students. Police say their investigation may not end with this one victim. Christopher Evans, 26, is a former teacher at New Heights Christian Academy on Dorothy at W. 14th in northwest Houston. But police say his conduct at school was anything but professional.

J.T. Roscoe of the Houston Police Department said, "Having children sit on his lap, lying down, placing his head in their lap, slapping girls on the butt."

That's not all. Police say Evans got too close to one of his students -- a 15-year -old girl who happened to be a friend of the family. A friendship that police say ended when Evans crossed the line.

"At the time it seemed like a boyfriend/girlfriend thing to her," Roscoe explained. "But as she stepped back and the smoke started to clear, she realized this was not a boyfriend/girlfriend situation."

Investigators say Evans sexually assaulted the teenage girl at his northwest Houston residence, while his pregnant wife was home on bed rest. She also teaches at the private school.

We tried talking to Evans who has since bonded out of jail, but no one came to the door. Neighbor Bob Lake's granddaughter attends the private school where Evans taught.

"That is not appropriate behavior," Lake said. "II need to call my stepdaughter and let her know what's going on."

School administrators aren't talking either. What's more, police say school records show no evidence of Evans ever holding a college degree or teaching credentials. Students who know him are torn.

"It's kind of a thing. We're all friendly here," a student said. "I just hear from the girls that sometimes he would take it a little too far."

The New Heights Christian Academy teaches second grade through twelfth grade. According to there are 72 students and eight teachers. The academy is part of the Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools which has other private schools in Houston and around the state.

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