Former Huntsville High School teacher and coach Darius Hopkins

A teacher and assistant football coach at Huntsville High School was arrested Wednesday for allegedly having an improper relationship with two female students.

Darius Hopkins, 27, was taken into custody by Huntsville police Wednesday afternoon and booked into the Walker County Jail on two second-degree felony charges of improper relationship between an educator and a student.

Huntsville ISD released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying an unnamed employee had resigned his position with the school district. He was placed on administrative leave by the district in January when the incident was first reported.

“As the safety of our students is always the district’s top priority, we expect that our employees maintain the highest level of professionalism in their contact and dealings with children,” the statement from HISD said.

“We were alerted to a serious personnel matter that required immediate investigation and action. Once the incident was reported, the district began an administrative investigation and the individual was immediately removed from duties pending the investigation outcome.

“The situation was investigated thoroughly, and all sides were taken into account resulting in appropriate administrative action.”

Following an internal investigation, HISD officials turned over their findings to the Huntsville Police Department and the Texas Education Agency.

Huntsville Police Chief Kevin Lunsford said Wednesday that his department was alerted to the situation on Jan. 28.

“Once the case was turned over to us, we immediately began a criminal investigation which led to Mr. Hopkins’ arrest,” Lunsford said. “The investigation is still on-going.”

Lunsford said that anyone with additional information or concerns about the case can contact HPD at (936) 291-5480.

A second-degree felony conviction carries a punishment of two to 20 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Hopkins was hired last summer to coach football and soccer at Huntsville High School. A graduate of Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, where he played football and ran track, Hopkins was in his third year of coaching.

He served his first two years as the head swim coach and wide receivers coach at Hillcrest High School in Dallas. A Dallas native, Hopkins coached wide receivers at Huntsville High School last fall.

Hornets head coach Rodney Southern had no comment about the situation Wednesday evening when contacted by telephone.

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