3rd victim comes forward against Nacogdoches sub teacher

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

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A third victim has come forward in the case against a former Nacogdoches substitute teacher, giving authorities enough evidence to file a fourth charge against him.

Jamar Ballard now has a third charge of improper relationship between educator and student.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained on April 15, Nacogdoches ISD Police interviewed a Nacogdoches High School student, who said Ballard was a substitute teacher in her sixth-period class. She said on that same day, she saw Ballard in the parking lot in a white car and he offered to give her a ride home. He then drove her to the Victorian Inn and Suites, located at 3612 North St. She said once they arrived, they got a room and Ballard had sex with her.

They then left the hotel and he took her home, she said.

Police then contacted the hotel manager, who checked hotel records and confirmed Ballard had checked into the hotel.

Ballard was first arrested on April 11, after a student said they had sex in a classroom. Following that arrest, a second victim came forward and said they had sex at an apartment, which turned out to be where Ballard's girlfriend lived.

"If there are any other victims in this case, we encourage them to come forward," said NISD Superintendent Dr. Fred Hayes through a press release. "Our students are important to us, and we are offering counseling support for those who are affected."

Joyce Pitts is presenting a program on sexual assault and violence at SFA's sexual awareness class.

The Family Crisis Center educator recalls a similar speaking engagement at NISD's Martin School of Choice. Ballard was the substitute.

"We actually talked about sexual violence that day," Pitts said. "We talked about the definitions and how does this prevent sexual violence."

"He was very quiet," Pitts said. "He was very quiet. He didn't say anything."

Victim advocates say the three victims are brave to come forward.

"I'm very proud of them," Pitts said. "I'm very glad they came forward and they talked about it because, you know, we don't need somebody like that in our schools."

Instead, the Family Crisis Center promotes its nine to 20 session federally approved prevention curriculum. It's used in Lufkin and Nacogdoches.

"And so the middle and high school students are becoming very aware and very knowledgeable about sexual violence and sexual assault and what to do if it happens to them," said Deidra James, the Family Crisis Center assistant director.

Yet the victim is always asked what their role is in an assault. At least two of the girls tell investigators they met the teacher away from the school where sexual relations allegedly occurred.

"From a victim's standpoint, they're going to trust the adult and if an adult says, especially a teacher, come in here, do this, do that, they're just going to react," James said. "They're just going to do what they're told."

James says each time a victim of sexual assault comes forward a message is sent to other victims that there are people who can help and be trusted.

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