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  • Abilene ISD administrator charged with having sex with student

    Published On: Dec 17 2014 04:49:08 PM CST
    Updated On: Dec 18 2014 08:34:56 AM CST
    Michael Trook mug shot

    Michael Trook

    ABILENE, Texas -

    A former administrator at Holland Medical High School in Abilene ISD has been charged with improper relationship between teacher and student, according to documents filed in 42nd District Court.

    The charge against 29-year-old Michael Trook -- who resigned Wednesday as dean of health sciences at the school -- constitutes a second-degree felony.

    Trook was booked into the Taylor County Jail late Wednesday afternoon. His bond was set at $50,000, jail records show.

    He posted bail and left the jail about 9 p.m. Wednesday.

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    An administrator at Holland Medical High School in Abilene ISD is no longer employed with the district for what Superintendent Heath Burns said is an “embarrassment to me and other Abilene ISD team members.”

    In a letter to parents, students and staff at Holland Medical School on Wednesday,  Burns said Michael Trook – dean of health sciences at the school – admitted to “having engaged in inappropriate, unprofessional and unethical conduct.”

    In a news release, Burns said Trook resigned Wednesday.

    "We have been in communication with the Abilene Police Department as to possible criminal implications," Burns said in the news release.

    It wasn't immediately clear exactly what Trook admitted to doing.

    (CLICK HERE to read Burns' letter in its entirety)

    In the letter to parents, students and staff at the school, Burns said that the behavior first came to his attention Wednesday morning.

    Burns said the district is “committed to working with the Abilene Police Department and other agencies as investigations ensue.”

    “He will suffer significant consequences for the choice, and he is no longer welcome on school premises,” Burns said in the letter.

    "As in all cases, our primary concern is our students. Counselors and support professionals will be made available all day on Thursday and Friday. They will remain available on an as-needed basis. Mr. (Gail) Gregg will remain principal of Holland and has committed to being very present and involved in the daily activities."

    In closing, Burns said: “Like you, I am deeply saddened by this tragedy as we enter the Christmas season. Please keep faith that our district will deal with such challenges by being open and honest. You have my assurance that Holland Medical High School will remain a premier school in AISD and in West Texas. Please do not hesitate to call upon any of us if you need support.”

    Trook was a former associate principal at Abilene High School. He has been with the Abilene Independent School District for three years and at Holland Medical High School since July.

  • Police: 4-year-old boy killed in Friday's multiple vehicle wreck on Winters Freeway

    Published On: Dec 19 2014 07:34:35 PM CST
    Updated On: Dec 20 2014 07:10:52 PM CST
    ABILENE, Texas -

    UPDATED STORY: A 4-year-old boy has died from injuries after an accident Friday evening on Winters Freeway in Abilene near the Buffalo Gap Road exit.

    First responders arrived on scene and located several vehicles that had been involved in separate collisions, according to Abilene Police.

    Police say a Chevrolet Silverado, a Toyota Corolla and a Jeep Cherokee collided on Winters Freeway.  Police say that as the 3 vehicles were approaching the Buffalo Gap road exit area they saw a backup of cars related to previous collisions.

    A vehicle that was between the Toyota and Chevrolet truck rapidly moved to the left to avoid striking the Toyota, according to Abilene police.

    The Toyota was then struck from behind by the Chevrolet pickup and was propelled forward down an embankment and came to rest in the 3200 block of South Clack.

    Police say the driver, 22 year old Christen Avery, and her 4-year-old son were both transported to Hendrick Medical Center for their injuries Friday. The 4-year-old boy was flown by AirEvac to Cook’s Children’s hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival, police say.

    Avery, the mother of the 4-year-old boy, was wearing her seatbelt. She was treated and released Friday evening.

    Police say alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision.

     PREVIOUS STORY: Traffic is backed up and moving slowly on Winters Freeway in Abilene heading south, after a multiple-vehicle accident.

    Police say the accident happened around 6 p.m. on the Winter's Freeway overpass at the Southwest Drive exit. Authorities on the scene tell KTXS least nine cars were involved.

    A baby and its mother had to be taken to the hospital. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

    We have crews on the scene. We will continue to update you on the accident as we continue to learn more information. Police are asking drivers to keep moving and not to rubberneck.

  • Abilene police, AISD Superintendent release statements on Michael Trook investigation

    Published On: Dec 20 2014 04:44:33 PM CST
    Michael Trook mug shot

    Michael Trook

    ABILENE, Texas -

    The Abilene Police Department executed two search warrants Friday in connection to the Michael Trook adult-student sex case.  Police did not specify where.

    An article in the Abilene Reporter News says that search warrants paint the picture of Superintendent Dr. Heath Burns being uncooperative with officers who were trying to execute those search warrants at Michael Trook’s office.

    The statement from Dr. Burns reads:

    “For anyone to suggest that I would do anything to jeopardize justice being done for any student victim is beyond comprehension.  I am surprised and perplexed by the affidavit in question, because it is fraught with factual inaccuracies and misconstrues our motives in securing the premises as necessary.  For example, I made no directive that computers be removed; in fact, I ordered that they be preserved intact and in place.  I did not refuse to allow law enforcement access; the fact is that we proposed a chain-of-custody agreement to avoid the necessity of any warrant and assure the confidentiality of other students' records that we are legally required to protect, which was declined.  I do not believe the affidavit accurately reflects any witness statements on point, and I hope the mistakes will not hamper the case. Certainly, I am personally offended that based upon factual errors, my actions were described to the judge as suspicious and my assistants were described as doing things they simply weren't, but I will not let personal feelings deter our core purpose and overriding determination to protect AISD students.  I continue to have confidence in Chief Standridge and his officers and remain committed to work together for the common good in our community.”

    KTXS is working to obtain the search warrants that were executed.

    In response to Dr. Burns, Abilene police Chief Stan Standridge released this statement:

    "I respect Dr. Heath Burns' dedication to our children. Additionally, I appreciate his desire to work with the Police Department to fully investigate criminal offenses. After having reviewed additional information from AISD employees, I  have firm knowledge that Dr. Burns and/or members of his staff took actions that had the potential to compromise the Trook investigation. At this point in time it does not appear  any of those actions constitute criminal offenses, but procedurally I take exception to them. However, this is still an ongoing criminal investigation into the actions of Mr. Trook and further discussing our concerns via media is not appropriate. In the coming weeks, after the investigation has been completed, I will ask that City and Police leaders meet with AISD Administration and the School Board President to fully discuss any issues.  In the interim, the Police Department will fully investigate all allegations to ensure justice is accomplished. I look forward to cooperation from Dr. Burns and his staff of professional educators."

    Abilene police are still encouraging any other possible victims to come forward.

    Michael Trook, 29, ex-dean of health sciences at Holland Medical High School in the Abilene Independent School District, admitted to having sex with a student earlier in the week.

  • Abilene police execute search warrants in school administrator sex case

    Published On: Dec 18 2014 05:29:33 PM CST
    Updated On: Dec 19 2014 08:48:42 PM CST
    Michael Trook mug shot

    Michael Trook

    ABILENE, Texas -

    The Abilene Police Department executed two search warrants Friday in connection to the Michael Trook adult-student sex case.  Police did not specify where.

    Trook, 29, ex-dean of health sciences at Holland Medical High School in the Abilene Independent School District, admitted to having sex with a student earlier in the week.

    Police said social media posts have shown that Trook's actions were "common and known."

    Based off social media posts and interviews, police said they will further investigate the allegations.

    According to police, some AISD administrators have also been questioned in the case, providing new information that could potentially lead to additional interviews and evidence.

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    The Abilene Police Department believes there may be "additional victims who have not come forward” in the case of a former Abilene ISD administrator who resigned Wednesday and was charged with improper relationship between teacher and student.

    Michael Trook, 29, the ex-dean of health sciences at Holland Medical High School, told AISD leaders that he had an improper relationship with a student.

    After resigning, he was arrested and charged by Abilene police. He was jailed and released after posting $50,000 bail Wednesday night.

    "Investigators received information today which leads them to believe there are additional victims who have not come forward," an Abilene police news release said Thursday.

    Abilene police are urging parents and students who have information about a victim to contact the Abilene Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (325) 676-6610.

  • Recording-breaking Abilene High receiver named 1st-team All-State

    Published On: Dec 18 2014 09:26:25 AM CST
    Updated On: Dec 18 2014 07:00:28 PM CST
    ABILENE, Texas -

    Record-breaking Abilene High receiver Reese Childress has been named to the first-team Class 6A all-state high school football team.

    Including the playoffs, the senior Childress had 122 catches for 1,571 yards, both Abilene High records.

    Two other players -- defensive lineman Miguel Espinoza and linebacker Ronnell Wilson -- received honorable mention honros.

    Here is the Associated Press story announcing the honors in its entirety:

    The 2014 Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 6A all-state high school football team, released Thursday. Voting based on regular-season performance. Players are listed in alphabetical order at each position.

    FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE

    Linemen:

    - KEJUAN KING, DeSoto, Sr. -- 96 percent grade, 92 pancakes, no sacks allowed for team that averaged 50 points and 550 ypg

    - GREG LITTLE, Allen, Jr. -- 85 knockdowns, 95 percent grade for team that averaged 527.4 yards per game

    - MJ MORRIS, Waco Midway, Sr. -- 98 percent grade, 76 pancakes, 1 sack allowed

    - JUSTICE POWERS, Cedar Hill, Sr. -- 112 pancakes, no sacks allowed for offense that averaged 489.6 ypg

    - MAEA TEUHEMA, Keller, Sr. -- LSU commit, 108 pancakes.

    Receivers/ends:

    - REESE CHILDRESS, Abilene, Sr. -- 102-1,240, 19 TDs receiving

    - JALEN GUYTON, Allen, Sr. -- 63-1,326; 15 TDs receiving

    Quarterback:

    - KYLER MURRAY, Allen, Sr. -- 174-265-2,971, 32 TDs passing; 874 yards rushing, 18 TDs; 37-0 as a starter

    Running backs:

    - SOSO JAMABO, Plano West, Sr. -- 190-1,952, 38 TDs rushing; 3 receiving TDs

    - TREVOR SPEIGHTS, McAllen Memorial, Jr. -- 213-2,467, 29 TDs rushingÂ

    - CHRIS WARREN, Rockwall, Sr. -- 207-2,085, 31 TDs rushing, 2 receiving TDs

    Kicker:

    - PARKER DAVIDSON, Plano West, Sr. -- 8-10 FGs, 2 FGs longer than 50, 64-65 PATs, 40 touchbacks

    Offensive Player of the Year: Kyler Murray, Allen

    ___

    FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE

    Linemen:

    - JORDAN ELLIOT, Houston Westside, Jr. -- 78 tackles, 31 TFL, 12 sacks, 2 FR, 6 batted balls, 9 FF or tips for INTs

    - TROY IRBY, SA Northside Brennan, Sr. -- 62 tackles, 20 TFL, 6 sacks, 12 FF, 4 FR, defensivee TD

    - DU'VONTA LAMPKIN, Cypress Falls, Jr. -- 81 tackles, 16 sacks, 38 TFL, 8 FF

    - JALEN SCOTT, North Mesquite, Sr. -- 109 tackles, 20 TFL, 4 sacks, 2 FF, 2 PBUs

    Linebackers:

    - KEITH BATISTA, Houston Langham Creek, Sr. -- 115 tackles, 12 TFL, 2 sacks, 4 FF, 2 INTs

    - BRANDON DURMAN, Tyler Lee, Sr -- 149 tackles, 11 TFL, 2 sacks, 3 PBU

    - RICHARD MOORE, Cedar Hill, Sr. --Â 118 tackles, 20 TFL, 10 sacks, 7 FF, Texas A&M pledge

    Defensive backs:

    - KAHLIL HAUGHTON, Waco Midway, Sr. --81 tackles, 4 INTs, INT return for TD, 5 FF, 5 PBU

    - JARED MANNON, Wolfforth Frenship Sr. -- 43 tackles, 7 INTs

    - MASON RAMIREZ, Round Rock, Sr. -- 107 tackles, 7 INTs

    - NIKO SMALL, Arlington Bowie, Sr. -- 120 tackles, 7 TFL, 6 INTs, 6 PBU, 3 blocked kicks, 3 defensive TDs

    Punter:

    - TAYLOR DUNLOP, Hurst Bell, Jr. -- 52 punts, 41.3 avg., 14 inside 20

    Defensive Player of the Year: Niko Small, Arlington Bowie

    ___

    SECOND-TEAM OFFENSE

    Linemen:

    - Clarence Henderson, Dallas Skyline, Jr.; Connor Lanfear, Buda Hays, Sr.; Patrick Vahe, Euless Trinity, Sr.; Toby Weathersby, Spring Westfield, Sr.; Connor Williams, Coppell, Sr.

    Receivers/ends:

    - DaMarkus Lodge, Cedar Hill, Sr.; Emmanuel Moore, Justin Northwest, Sr.

    Quarterback:

    - Zach Hall, Tyler Lee, Jr.

    Running backs:

    - Rodney Anderson, Katy, Sr.; E.J. Davis, Alief Elsik, Jr.; Aca'Cedric Ware, Cedar Hill, Sr.

    Kicker:

    - Patricio Botello, SA Northside Brandeis, Sr.

    ___

    SECOND-TEAM DEFENSE

    Linemen:

    - Zach Abercrumbia, Dallas Skyline, Sr.; Isaiah Chambers, Aldine MacArthur, Sr.; Lonzell Gilmore, Spring, Sr.; L.J. Mason, Keller Central, Sr.

    Linebackers:

    - Louis Hamilton, Alief Taylor, Jr.; Joshua Nguyen, Odessa Permian, Jr.; Anthony Wheeler, Dallas Skyline, Sr.

    Defensive backs:

    - Joey Benitez, Edinburg North, Sr.; Andy Chelf, Southlake Carroll, Sr.; Rodney Clemons, Katy Taylor, Sr.; Matthew Wright, Round Rock McNeil, Jr.

    Punter:

    - Haygen Tibbetts, Belton, Sr.

    ___

    HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE

    LINEMEN: Keaton Bates, Arlington Lamar; Gunnar Chance, Denton Guyer; Randy Crystian, Cedar Hill; Conner Dyer, Mesquite Horn; Beau Hott, Plano; Dakota Laws, Denton Ryan; Austin Meyers, Manvel; Sergio Morales, Weslaco East; McKenzie Nworah, Manvel; Tres Perez, CC Carroll; Fabian Ramirez, PSJA North; Bobby Reynolds, Keller; J'Don Robinson, Dallas Skyline; Austin Sargent, Rockwall; Zack Shackelford, Belton; Tato Sipili, Arlington Sam Houston; Terrence Steele, Cibolo Steele; Mitchell Watanabe, SA Northside Brennan; Alec Wesling, SA Reagan.

    RECEIVERS/ENDS: Kofi Boateng, Arlington Lamar; Xavier Castille, Rockwall; Keith Corbin, Beaumont West Brook; Erik Corona, Laredo United; Reed Klubnik, Austin Westlake; Luke Mayock, Fort Bend Clements; Trelen Norton, Houston Langham Creek; Xavier Ortiz, SA Northside Stevens; Richie Rodriguez, EP Eastwood; Landon Sawyer, San Angelo Central; Anu Somoye, Alief Taylor; Jarrison Stewart, Mesquite Horn; Wanya Ward, SA East Central.

    QUARTERBACKS: Shane Buechele, Arlington Lamar; Braden Hucks, San Angelo Central; Jalen Hurts, Channelview; Kylan Johnson, Dallas Skyline; Jesse Jones, CC Carroll; D'Eriq King, Manvel; Shawn Robinson, Denton Guyer; Bo Schneider, Dallas Jesuit.

    RUNNING BACKS: Aron Dobbins, Midland Lee; Lil' Jordan Humphrey, Southlake Carroll; Vincent Johnson, Lubbock Monterey; Xavier Jones, Spring; Noah Lisk, CC Carroll; Markeith Miller, Garland; KeShawn Mitchell, Keller Fossil Ridge; Lupe Moron, Weslaco East; Michael Nelson, Garland Naaman Forest; Nicholas Pelrean, Houston Chavez; Justin Pratt, Klein Collins; Grant Sandercox, Wolfforth Frenship; Nic Smith, Arlington Martin; Anthony Taylor, Denton Guyer.

    KICKERS: Eric Carasco, Duncanville; Tony Pecora, Rockwall; Brannon Satterfield, Lake Travis; Joel Scarborough, Houston Langham Creek.

    ___

    HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE

    LINEMEN: Coleman Dennis, Wolfforth Frenship; David Dorsett, Hurst Bell; Elijah Earls, SA Northside Stevens; Ethan Englebrecht, SA Lee; Bryce English, DeSoto; Miguel Espinoza, Abilene; Tipa Galeai, Euless Trinity; Eli Howard, San Angelo Central; Scott Huntman, Coppell; Mark Jackson, Cibolo Steele; Kendell Jones, Killeen Shoemaker; Dalen Morgan, Mesquite Horn; King Newton, Southlake Carroll; Sammy Ochoa, Lake Travis; Ed Oliver, Spring Westfield; Feno Pearson, Lake Travis; Rene Perez, Weslaco; Alton Robinson, Converse Judson; Roy Sutton III, Keller Fossil Ridge; Sam Tecklenburg, Plano; Rahssan Thornton, Killeen Shoemaker; Joe Wallace, Dallas Skyline.

    LINEBACKERS: D.J. Allen, SA Northside Brennan; Bo Anderson, Coppell; James Bailey, Lake Travis; Garrett Blubaugh, Keller; Teddy Britton, SA Northside Stevens; Paddy Fisher, Katy; Hudson Hall, Austin Westlake; Hayden Harrison, Wolfforth Frenship; Bryce Hines, Keller Fossil Ridge; Jonathan Hood, North Crowley; Jeffrey McCulloch, Aldine Davis; Chris Orr, DeSoto; Dillon Owens, North Mesquite; Logan Paschal, Waco Midway; Lucas Rios, McAllen Memorial; Rick Rivera, Del Rio; Brucks Saathoff, SA Reagan; Collin Scott, Manvel; Emilio Solis, Midland; Dalton Tarr, SA East Central; Daquaylyn Thomas, Arlington Martin; Ty Thomas, Rockwall; Brandon Torres, Weslaco; Ronnell Wilson, Abilene.

    DEFENSIVE BACKS: Deontay Anderson, Manvel; Jaelan Collier, SA Northside Brennan; Ian Edwards, Denton Guyer; Darryl Godfrey, SA Northside O'Connor; Gavin Graham, Austin Anderson; Brad Ingle, Smithson Valley; Mack Kelley, Austin Westlake; Will Lockett, Manvel; Devontre McGarity, SA Northside Brennan; Jacob Murray, Coppell; Colin Padalecki, SA East Central; Cameron Price, Tyler Lee; Chris Roller, Lake Travis; Camden Ross, Keller Timber Creek; Garrett Strauss, SA Reagan; Bryan Sturges, Katy Seven Lakes; K.J. Turner, North Mesquite; Luke West, San Angelo Central; Travis Whillock, Katy; Trip White, Arlington Martin; Collin Wilder, Katy; Lucas Williams, Arlington Sam Houston; Montrel Wilson, Keller Fossil Ridge.

    PUNTERS: Drew Galitz, Garland Rowlett; Chris Robison, Mesquite Horn; Josh Stewart, Cedar Hill.

     

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