MAY - A May High School educator has resigned following an allegation of “unprofessional conduct” with a student, and law enforcement officials are investigating, May Superintendent Don Rhodes said.
Craig Simpson, whose duties included head baseball coach and physical education teacher, resigned Wednesday, Rhodes said. Simpson was in his second year with the district.
Sheriff Bobby Grubbs said school officials contacted his office and he has referred the investigation to Texas Ranger Michael Parker of Abilene. “It’s an allegation and the investigation is ongoing,” Grubbs said.
Neither Grubbs nor Rhodes would reveal the student’s age or gender.
“It was an older student. It was away from school,” Rhodes said. While he did not directly say the student is in high school, he said the student is not in elementary or junior high school.
“All we know is, there was contact away from school, just a meeting away from school,” Rhodes said. “I’m not saying for sure I know what did or didn’t happen.”
Rhodes said he learned of the allegation from a school board member Tuesday night. The board member, whom Rhodes declined to name, heard the allegations at the candidates’ forum at the May United Methodist Church, Rhodes said.
He said he told Simpson Wednesday morning that Simpson was being suspended pending the outcome of the investigation, but Simpson resigned instead.
Simpson could not be reached for comment.
Grubbs said his office referred the investigation to Parker “due to the nature of the way the information was received and the sensitivity of the investigation. We’re providing assistance to the Ranger.”
He declined further comment.