LONGVIEW, Texas (KETK) - A former Spring Hill ISD coach and teacher charged with having an improper relationship with a student told administrators “he needed to be arrested,” according to a warrant filed Monday.
Jacob Vincent Badgett, 25, of Longview was released from jail Thursday on $50,000 bond, charged with improper relationship between educator and student. Longview police arrested Badgett at 4:40 p.m. the same day in the 2000 block of Toller Road.
According to our newspaper partner, the Longview News-Journal, Badgett had gone to the district’s athletic director the previous day, asking him to “call 911” and confessing that he “had an explicit relationship with a student,” according to the warrant.
SHISD Superintendent Steven Snell said Badgett, who coached sports at the high school and junior high in addition to his position as a primary school physical education teacher, also resigned Wednesday.
When the school’s resource officer arrived at the meeting with Snell and the athletic director, “Badgett turned around and put his hands behind his back as if to have handcuffs put on,” according to the warrant. Later, he “told Snell he was a ‘monster’ and a ‘predator’ and that ‘everyone knows,’” according to the document.
When the investigating officer got in touch with the female student with whom Badgett was suspected of having a relationship, she stated that “she had a ‘crush’ on Badgett but that she would never ‘cross the line’ with a teacher,” but that she also “wouldn’t tell” if she had because Badgett would be in trouble, according to the warrant.
While Badgett would not identify to police the student with whom he had a relationship, this student told officers she texted privately with Badgett, and she also was identified as “staying around” the school after hours, even when practice was not in session.
Read the full report on the Longview News-Journal's website.