A Coronado High School art teacher was arrested Monday afternoon for an improper student/teacher relationship. Scott Riley Hall, 40, remained in the Lubbock County Detention Center on Wednesday.
Hall was charged at both the state and the federal level. The jail roster indicated he was arrested and taken to jail by the FBI.
An arrest warrant spelled out more details Wednesday. It said on September 30, a woman called police to say her underage daughter was having a sexual relationship with a teacher.
The mom told officers that a maintenance worker saw her daughter holding hands with an older man, so she confronted her daughter. At first, according to the warrant, the daughter only admitted that she “kissed and stuff.”
But the mother pressed further and, according to the warrant, the daughter admitted to having sex.
The warrant said the mom texted Hall and demanded he stop having contact with the girl. The warrant said Hall texted back.
“I let my care for her cross the line. It was a mistake to hurt the two of you,” Hall texted back, according to the warrant. “I never wanted to hurt anybody. It was misguided affection. I will do anything you ask to keep this from being a legal or professional situation. I will truly do anything at all. I am not a predator, and this had never happened nor will it again. I promise with everything that I am.”
The warrant said Hall texted again and said, “I feel like an awful human being, and I cannot express how sorry I am. I am doing some major soul searching and correcting myself. I am so very ashamed and sorry.”
Hall was later confronted by police and the FBI in the principal’s office at Coronado High School. He indicated that he started talking to her a while back as a father figure.
“Scott [Hall] stated that most of the kids call him their ‘art dad,’” the warrant said.
The situation started with Hall and the girl spending time together just to keep an eye on her. Hall, according to the warrant, said the girl’s mother knew this, approved, and even let him have a key to girl’s apartment.
As time went on, the relationship turned sexual. The girl told police, according to the warrant, that the sexual intercourse happened in her room.
“She did not believe what he did was wrong,” the warrant said. “She feels hurt because she will never see him.”
The warrant did not specifically state the girl’s age, but Hall told investigators that he had fallen in love with a 16-year-old girl. The warrant said federal charges were pending for enticing a child.
Lubbock ISD release the following statement:
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
“On the morning of Monday, Oct. 1, Lubbock ISD was made aware of an investigation, which began Sunday by the Lubbock Police Department of an alleged inappropriate relationship between a high school teacher and a minor. Lubbock ISD takes such allegations very seriously and immediately placed the employee on administrative leave. Lubbock ISD police assisted in the ongoing investigation and an arrest was made on Monday afternoon. Charges were filed this morning against Scott Hall, an art teacher at Coronado High School, and the district will notify the State Board of Educator Certification today.” – Nancy Sharp, Lubbock ISD