A Few More Details on ESD Lawsuit, Accused Teacher

I drove up to Denton today in search of divorce filings for John Nathan Campbell, the former ESD teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student. In the petition, filed in December (the split was finalized March 26), Campbell’s ex-wife cites “discord or conflict of personalities” and adultery as the grounds for divorce. It does not go into further detail.

His wife retains custody of their 3-year-old son and their Carrolton home. The address and phone number listed for Campbell in court documents–a condominium in Northeast Dallas–appears to belong to his mother.

On a side note, Sgt. Brenda Nichols of the Dallas Police Department’s child abuse squad said a criminal investigation into Campbell was launched in December and is ongoing. She does not know when it will be concluded. She said the grounds on which ESD decided to fire him (attorney Donald Godwin said the school made the decision but Campbell quit before it was able to carry it out) do not prove that anything criminal happened.

“We’re not interested in administrative type of thing as far as what the school is going to be interested in,” Nichols said. “We’re strictly interested in whether he violated a law of the state of Texas.”

Under state law, a high school teacher engaging in a sexual relationship with a student is a second degree felony, as is an adult having a sexual relationship with a minor.

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