By SONYA ROBERTS-WOODS
For the second time in just under a month, a former Pittsburg ISD employee has turned himself in on a charge related to inappropriate sexual contact with a minor student.
Pittsburg native Jackson David Boyd, 32, surrendered to the Camp County Jail Sept. 28 on a new charge related to sexual contact with a student.
After launching an initial investigation in mid-August, Camp County Sheriff Alan McCandless explained that Chief Deputy Chris Clark followed up on additional information and investigative leads pertaining to a separate case. This information eventually led to evidence indicating that Boyd engaged in deviant sexual intercourse with a former Pittsburg ISD student during the time the student was enrolled at Pittsburg ISD and Boyd was employed by Pittsburg ISD. The victim in the second case is different from the victim involved in the first case.
In that initial case, Camp County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted the Pittsburg Independent School District Police Department in an investigation which led to an Aug. 31 arrest for the criminal offense of sale, distribution or display of harmful material to a minor, a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, Boyd could face confinement in jail up to one year and up to a $4,000 fine. Because it is a misdemeanor charge, the County Attorney will be prosecuting the case.
Days after Boyd’s initial arrest, Pittsburg ISD Superintendent Judy Pollan discussed the matter.
“At the time, we had nothing to support what had been brought to us,” Pollan said. “To this day, we have never seen what was alleged to have been sent by him to a student. We had nothing to go on.”
Apparently in that initial case, which led to Boyd resigning a day after he was first put on administrative leave, sexually explicit content was sent to a student via the multimedia messaging app called Snapchat. Popular among teenagers and young adults, the app allows users to post content such as videos and pictures referred to as “stories’ that seem to “disappear” or become inaccessible after a relatively short period of time. According to its developers, Snapchat content is never sent to a server for future access.
The second case against Boyd, first presented to the Camp County District Attorney’s Office, was then sent to the grand jury last Thursday, Sept. 27. Boyd was indicted by the grand jury on the criminal offense of improper relationship between educator and student, a second-degree felony punishable by 2-20 years of confinement and an optional fine not to exceed $10,000.
According to Chief Deputy Clark, Boyd turned himself in to the Camp County Jail Sept. 28 and was arraigned. He posted on a $25,000 bond and was released the same day.
“When it comes to investigating criminal offenses, the investigation should be thorough and complete,” Chief Deputy Chris Clark said. “When it comes to the children of Camp County, they are our priority. We strive, as a community and in law enforcement, to protect our children on a daily basis. It is unfortunate that we live in an evil world that requires that protection. As a parent and law enforcement officer, it is my duty not to protect only my child but the children of the citizens of Camp County.”
By SONYA ROBERTS-WOODS