Alvin ISD teacher accused of using ex-students in risque pictures, paintings


District officials removed the Alvin High School art teacher Scott Burns from campus on Tuesday and placed that teacher on administrative leave. He was arrested Wednesday on two counts of possession of child pornography.

"That's way too close to home. That's crossing lines that should never be crossed," mother Julie Garmon said.

No Alvin ISD students were in the photos, says the district, but his arrest was expedited because of a complaint the district received. According to a school letter to parents, the complaint stated that Burns was "using former students as models in risque pictures and paintings."

The letter went on to assure parents the investigation found the former students were adults at the time, but Garmon, whose son is a sophomore at the high school, is still concerned.

"It makes me wonder how long had he been looking at these kids. Whether or not they were of age at the time he did it, was he looking at them two years ago. Did he coax them? I don't know. And how long has it been going on? It's scary," she said.

In the letter, Alvin ISD's Director of Communications Daniel Combs said:

"The top priority of Alvin ISD is to provide a safe learning environment for every student attending our schools. The circumstances surrounding this event are trouble and as a district we will continue to provide law enforcement with all available resources and assistance."

The district answered no additional questions beyond providing the letter.

Burns' school profile page features a drawing by a former student and boasts about raising alligators in West Columbia. His profile page, which was written in the first person, says he is "a high school teacher at heart" and "this is where I belong."

Burns is being held at the Alvin City Jail.

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