ENNIS – The Ennis Police Department arrested a former Ennis ISD teacher Wednesday afternoon on two outstanding warrants for online solicitation of a minor, with the school district acknowledging the alleged victims include students.
Joshua Jaggears, 27, of Waxahachie resigned his position as an ag teacher at Ennis High School on Aug. 31, with EISD officials saying in a statement they were made aware of the allegations Aug. 26.
Ennis detective Sgt. Mike Hopson said police arrested Jaggears at the EISD administration building without incident at about 4:45 p.m. As of press time, he was jailed at the police department pending arraignment and transfer to Wayne McCollum Detention Center.
Jaggears was employed by the district for five years, according to the district’s statement, which reads, “Ennis ISD is also ensuring that students involved in the allegations have the opportunity to receive the counseling and support they may need.
“Student safety and security remains a top priority for the district. EISD will continue to cooperate with law enforcement authorities in their investigation as needed,” the statement states.
As of Wednesday night, Jaggears was listed as having a valid “official record of certification” on the Texas Education Agency website, which indicated he had a classroom teacher certificate for speech grades 8-12 and vocational agriculture production for grades 6-12. He also was listed as having a principal’s certification for grades early childhood-12. All of the certifications list an expiration date of March 31, 2012.
On the public part of his Facebook page, Jaggears listed his employment with EISD as from July 2006 to the present. A Grapevine (Texas) High School graduate, Jaggears graduated in 2006 from Tarleton State University with a degree in agricultural services and development. The Facebook page indicates he had studied for a master’s of education degree at Lamar University.
Anyone with any information relating to the investigation is asked to contact Hopson or detective Mark Mahoney at the police department at 972-875-4462.
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