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Robert Craig Varnell

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:09 pm | Updated: 7:17 pm, Fri May 23, 2014.

Trial dates have been set for a former Longview ISD teacher facing multiple child sex charges.

Robert Craig Varnell, 57, is set to appear before 188th District Court Judge David Brabham on Sept. 23, according to the Gregg County District Clerk’s Office.

Varnell was arrested in May 2011 and released in November 2011, according to online jail records.

At the time of that arrest, he was a teacher and co-UIL coordinator at Longview High School. He resigned following his arrest.

He was arrested again in September 2012 and remained Wednesday in the Gregg County Jail on $1.25 million bond on charges of indecency with a child by sexual contact and sexual assault of a child, jail records show.

The charges stem from allegations Varnell had inappropriate physical contact with a 16-year-old boy numerous times from Aug. 31, 2007, to May 3, court records show.

The improper relationship started when the boy was 13 and Varnell was employed by LeTourneau University’s computer science department, court records show.

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