COPPERAS COVE, TX — The Copperas Cove Police Department said it arrested a local teacher on charges of sexual assault of a child and improper student/teacher relationship.
A news release said Shawn Westley Noordam, 29, of Copperas Cove, a teacher at S.C. Lee Jr. High School, was arrested and released Friday on $50,000 bond.
“The allegation was investigated and on (Thursday), a criminal complaint was filed, charging Noordam with sexual assault of a child and improper relationship between educator and student,” the news release said. “Noordam was taken into custody without incident in the 1100 block of Rhonda Lee Street on (Friday).
He was later arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Price.”
Copperas Cove police said Noordam’s alleged victim is a 15-year-old female student at S.C. Lee Jr. High School. The case was reported to Cove police May 31.
Copperas Cove Independent School District officials said Noordam was placed on administrative leave when the allegations surfaced.
District spokeswoman Wendy Sledd said Friday that Noordam was no longer employed by the district and officials continue to cooperate with the police investigation.