2nd victim comes forward against Nacogdoches sub teacher; more charges filed

Jamar Ballard (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Jamar Ballard (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches ISD police have filed two more criminal charges against a substitute teacher after a second student has brought more allegations against him.

"It's just a deplorable thing and if it occurs we are going to take it very seriously," said Fred Hayes, the superintendent for the Nacogdoches Independent School District.

Jamar Ballard, 29, of Lufkin, now has additional charges of sexual assault of a child and improper relationship between and educator and student against him. He picked up his first charge of improper relationship on Thursday.

Ballard was arrested on Thursday after a student told a staff member that Ballard had acted inappropriately.

"that is a difficult thing for students whenever an adult is placed in a position at the school district whether it be a substitute teacher, or a custodian, we have the care of those children in our midst, in our care," said Hayes.

Following the report of the arrest Thursday, a second student has since come forward and said Ballard took her off-campus and acted inappropriately toward her. NISD police then filed the additional charges.

"We are saddened and outraged at the thought of an adult having improper relations with students," said Hayes. "We will see this investigation through to the end."

NISD Police Chief Doug Ploch said that any student or teacher with further information can contact the NISD Police Department.

Ballard was terminated as an NISD employee, arrested in Lufkin and booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail on Thursday.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the first charge was filed after a teacher at the school observed a female student crying uncontrollably. The teacher spoke to her and the student said she had just had sex with Ballard at the school.

An officer then spoke to the student, who said Ballard asked her to come to the room where he was substituting. She said she had a class and he told her to come after school. The girl said she went into the room and they had sex. She said that right before they started to have sex, she told him no but he continued anyway.

The affidavit states video surveillance shows the girl go into the classroom and then Ballard looking right and left down the hallway before closing the door.

The next two charges were filed after officers spoke to a second girl on Thursday, who said she ran into Ballard in the hallway on April 1. She spoke to him, followed him back to his classroom, where he shut and locked the door and tried to have sex with her. She told him, "We can't do this here" and he told her to meet him at the beginning of sixth period and they would go to his "crib."

The girl said they went to an apartment complex, which Ballard said belonged to his cousin. They had sex, despite the girl saying they should not be doing it. The girl eventually pulled away and told Ballard she needed to get back to school. He then dropped her off at the school before seventh period.

Officers had the girl identify the apartment complex. They then contacted the resident of the apartment, who said she was Ballard's girlfriend of two years and that he did have access to the apartment.

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