Spring teacher makes court appearance

HOUSTON Matthew Tillman is on administrative leave pending the outcome of his case. He was arrested Saturday. All of the charges against him are related to his alleged involvement with a female student. In court Monday morning, his bond was lowered to $20,000 for each count.

Tillman has been a history teacher and volleyball coach at Spring high since 1999. He is the second teacher at the school in less than a month to be accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Spring high science teacher Deanna Higgins was arrested October 12. Investigators say she had two sexual encounters with a 16-year-old student at her home in March and April. Court documents show Higgins' ex-husband reported her to the school after he discovered questionable text messages on a phone Higgins had given their 8-year-old son.

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