Denton ISD substitute teacher arrested for improper relationship with a student

Denton ISD substitute teacher arrested for improper relationship with a student

Denton ISD substitute teacher arrested for improper relationship with a student
July 07
18:38 2017

The Denton Police Department arrested a substitute teacher at Ryan High School for having an improper relationship with a student Thursday.

Spencer Colt Newton, a 26-year-old Lewisville resident, confessed to having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. The affidavit specified the relationship consisted of sexual intercourse and oral sex in his car.

Spencer Colt Newton | Denton Jail

The investigation started on May 17, when Kim Lahart, an employee at Ryan High School, reported what she saw on the morning of May 16. Lahart was exiting her vehicle from the school parking lot when she saw a student entering a maroon Dodge Ram truck she knew belonged to a teacher.

Three minutes later, Newton got into his truck and drove away.

“Lahart said she felt very uncomfortable seeing a teacher leave campus with a student,” according to the Denton PD affidavit.

Lahart reported what she saw to her supervisors the same day on May 16.

In addition to the police investigation, Ryan High School Principal Vernon Reeves and other staff members started their own inquiry into the incidents. According to the affidavit, the associate principal, Donald Peden, spoke to the student who Lahart saw entering Newton’s car and she admitted to having a sexual relationship with the substitute teacher in his truck.

Mr. Newton had already been asked about the relationship by Principal Reeves,” said Shane Kizer, Denton Police Department’s public information officer. “Later, he emailed Mr. Reeves and saying he did not want to return to work at the school and had found work elsewhere.”

The Child Advocacy Center for Denton County later interviewed the student, where she gave more details of what, where and when it happened. An officer also interviewed Newton, who initially denied having sex with the student, but later confessed to it.

The relationship started in January through Snapchat, where nude photographs were exchanged. All sexual interactions happened in Newton’s car, after school or when he gave the student a ride home from school.

Newton denied sending her nude photos, but said she sent them to him.

“Newton said she threw herself at him and ‘did not make it hard for him,’” according to the affidavit. “Newton minimized what occurred and said he was still young and was just thinking with the ‘wrong head.’”

Newton’s bond is $10,000 for the crime of improper relationship between educator and student. He has a previous record in Denton consisting of a DWI charge in 2015.

Featured image: Ryan High School. Courtesy of Denton ISD

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    Me July 08, 17:22

    There are no excuses…Can’t justify..He’s an adult who are children are supposed to trust and look up to..But evil adults exploit that trust…And he’ll get a slap on the wrist transfer to another area to work with children,and who will be next…Our school system ought to be ashamed,as parents we are scrutinized before field trips..It’s a shame

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