The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

May 31, 2013

Neches ISD track coach charged with improper relationship with student

By MARY RAINWATER
Palestine Herald-Press

NECHES — A Neches Independent School District track coach turned herself in to the Anderson County Jail on Thursday for having an improper relationship with a student at the high school.

After issuing a warrant for her arrest, Lisa Dawn Harroff, 49, of Palestine submitted to Anderson County Sheriff’s Office authorities on Thursday, and bailed out on the same day, posting a $25,000 bond.

“We got an outcry on Wednesday from the student’s guardians,” Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor said. “Apparently, there a been a sexual relationship going on between them for a while.

“She was the track coach and he was on the track team,” Taylor said. “They had sexual encounters more than once.”

ACSO’s Sgt. Brian Chason took the initial report on the case and Investigator Ryan Tolliver is overseeing its continuing investigation. The charge of “Improper Relationship with a Student” is a second-degree felony, the sheriff said.

“There is a reason there is a ‘wall’ there between students and teachers,” Taylor said. “It is a serious line to cross when the two become involved in a relationship. It is detrimental to both the student and the teacher.

“It is a sad deal.”

 The case will eventually be sent to the Anderson County District Attorney’s Office, who will determine the next step in the case. Taylor reported that NISD officials have been very cooperative during the investigation.

It is unknown how long Harroff has been employed by NISD, but Herald-Press records show she was a math teacher at Neches Middle School in the spring of 2012.

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Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at mrainwater@palestineherald.com.