Former Huntington teacher convicted of sex with student back in jail

Former Huntington teacher convicted of sex with student back in jail
Daniel McGinty
Daniel McGinty

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A former Huntington ISD teacher who was convicted in June 2008 for having an improper relationship with a 17-year-old student is back in jail after her probation officer filed a violation report.

Melissa Williams, 46, of Conroe, was arrested Monday after turning herself in to the Angelina County Jail. She is being held without bond.

"The officer filed a violation report with the Courts because she was discharged from the sex offender treatment program due to failing several polygraph tests," Dustin Fore, the supervisor of specialized casework services for Angelina County's Adult probation Department, said. "She also admitted to accessing the Internet without permission from her officer."

Fore said that Williams also has several old probation violations, including possessing pornography, having direct contact with a child under the age of 17, associating with a known felon/fugitive, and possessing alcohol that were addressed through additional probation terms in 2010. She is facing a revocation hearing at this time, and until that date, she will remain in jail without the option of bonding out.

Fore explained that the felon's name is Daniel McGinty, 26. The Angelina County Adult Probation Department has issued several felony revocation warrants on him for possession of a controlled substance and failure to register as a sex offender.

Fore said although McGinty's exact whereabouts are unknown at this time, he is believed to be in the Houston-Conroe area.

The Huntington Police Department started investigating Williams' case after they were tipped off by Child Protective Services. Even though 17 is the age of sexual consent in Texas, a 2003 law makes it illegal for a teacher to have sexual contact with any student in the same school.

After serving six months of his prison sentence, McGinty was granted shock probation in 2011.

At the time, his attorney, Al Charanza explained, "Shock probation is used in order to take an offender, who in many cases was previously on probation or a new offender, send them to the penitentiary, give them a taste of what the penitentiary is like and quote shock them."

McGinty was convicted when he was 15 for aggravated sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl. He was required to register as a sex offender, and he moved without notice. In October 2010, he pleaded guilty for a drug charge and failure to register as a sex offender.

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