A former Carthage Junior High School teacher accused of an inappropriate relationship with a student used FaceTime to send a sexually explicit video of herself to that student, according to a new indictment filed in the case.
Lauren Nolan, 25, of Longview has been indicted on a charge of improper relationship between educator/student, the Panola County District Clerk’s Office said. Nolan resigned from her job as a teacher and coach within Carthage ISD in 2018, with the district saying at the time she had engaged in “inappropriate behavior.”
A Panola County grand jury indicted Nolan during their May session on allegations that, while a Carthage ISD employee, Nolan had a sexually explicit communication with a student by “stripping while on FaceTime” with the intent to commit sexual assault in March 2018, records show.
The Texas Rangers arrested Nolan in October 2018 on the improper relationship charge and two counts of online solicitation of a minor. Nolan was released from the Gregg County Jail on bonds totaling $60,000 a day after her arrest.
Nolan had been placed on paid administrative leave in spring 2018 and submitted a resignation effective in summer 2018 at Carthage ISD’s March 2018 school board meeting. Carthage police said at the time they had been investigating Nolan, but the Texas Department of Public Safety had taken over the case.
At the time of her resignation, then-Superintendent Glenn Hambrick said he could not discuss specifics surrounding her leave and resignation because it was a personnel issue. In a statement last year, Hambrick said Carthage ISD “is committed to keeping our parents and community informed regarding all matters that have implications for the safety and security of our students.”
Comments Nolan had made in the classroom prompted complaints to the district, Hambrick said, and they immediately placed her on administrative leave.
“The following day, Ms. Nolan submitted a letter of resignation, and she was not returned to the classroom for the remainder of the year,” Hambrick said in a statement. “As such, Ms. Nolan has not had any further contact with students of CISD in her capacity as a school employee since that time.”