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March 24th, 2010
High school coach accused of improper relationship with student

UPDATE 03/26/10: According to an affidavit used to obtain an arrest warrant in the case, someone in whom the 18-year-old high school senior had confided about the relationship reported the sexual encounters to San Marcos police officer Brad Follis.

The witness said the relationship began in the fall semester and continued into January. Harris had sex with the girl six times, the affidavit states, twice in Harris’ classroom, twice in coaches’ offices, once at his home and once in a parked car in a neighborhood.

The girl confirmed the story later to police and made a cell phone call to Harris in the presence of two police offiers. In the call, Harris told the student that he was an idiot for allowing the relationship to happen and that he “broke down under the pressure of you.”

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William Shawn Harris

A San Marcos High School teacher and assistant coach is in jail accused of six felony counts of an improper relationship with a student.

“We began our [internal] investigation immediately and notified” the police department and CPS, said Iris Campbell, the school district’s spokesperson.

Harris is an assistant girls’ volleyball and basketball coach and a teacher in a course credit recovery program computer lab, Campbell said.

He has been employed with the school district for five years, previously at Miller Junior High. He was transfered to the high school this year.

Campbell said she did not know whether the alleged relationship involved a member of the volleyball or basketball team.

Improper relationship with a student is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 year in prison. Each charge carries a $20,000 bond.

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9 thoughts on “High school coach accused of improper relationship with student

  1. If this is unfounded then the school district, and the city, and the accusers family will be out a ton of money! What I want to know and noone is reporting is to what evidence do they have besides word of mouth? Also can they go on word of mouth alone? I happen to know that the detectives have on more than on occasion gone on word of mouth.

  2. What is improper relationship with a student? Isn’t that sexual assault or does that mean there’s supposedly no sex.

  3. This is happening all over the country. Go to and click on the Scandal page. This year they have already documented over 150 of these types of incidents. They also have a map of where the incidents have taken place. In 2009 they found 464 of these kinds of cases.

  4. Do they take into consideration that the girl was of legal age, and that she might have led him on?

  5. From whom have you heard this Miss M? If it’s either the DA’s office, SMPD or SMCISD, I would suggest that whoever is running their mouth has also viloated at least privacy standards for any of those organizations, if not the law.

    As for it being only “word of mouth” in a courtroom word of mouth is often called testimony.

    As for what the offense may have been Sec 21.12 Tx Penal Code controls.

    And BTW the students name may not be released.

  6. This seems to be a case where a good guy is led astray by the power his lower body part over his mind. They apparently taped a phone call between him and the girl. She may have led him on, but it’s just not legal in TX for a public school teacher to have sex with a student, even if the student is of legal age.

  7. It’s sad for all involved. A student can’t really lead a teacher on unless he puts himself in the position to be led. Really tragic.

  8. man iwas that teachers student this year and i would never think he would do that and i also know the girl i used to see her walking around in the halls and what would the wife and kids think of her hussband doing that to them

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