Termination and resignation at VISD

Termination and resignation at VISD

The Vidor Independent School District board of trustees is set to act on the previously approved termination of former elementary school educator Sondra Reed and on the resignation of her husband, former VISD Junior High teacher Chad Reed, at their regular meeting on Thursday, March 27, at 6 p.m. If approved, the actions proposed on the board agenda would effectively end the battle between the Reeds and VISD pertaining to the couple’s termination, but would not preclude criminal prosecution of one or both of them.

Accusations of inappropriate conduct with students were leveled against the Reeds after an anonymous letter sparked an investigation into allegations contained in the correspondence. The Reeds were both suspended in December 2013, and on Jan. 20, VISD board trustees approved their termination.

According to sources close to the case, the Reeds have withdrawn their termination appeals with the Texas Education Agency, which led to an agreement with Chad Reed, who will apparently be allowed to resign from VISD. Agenda items pertaining to the Reeds say, “Consider and act on proposed termination of professional term contract for Sondra Reed,” and “Consider and act on resignation of Chad Reed and approval of release and settlement agreement.”

VISD Attorney Sarah Leon said no documents pertaining to the case could be released at this time, and said the criminal investigation is still pending.

“That (criminal prosecution) is going to happen,” Leon said.

As revealed in an article two weeks ago, The Examiner’s investigation uncovered documentation, including witness statements and other evidence, of the accusations made against the educators pertaining to their dismissal from VISD. According to information submitted to investigating agencies including the TEA, Child Protective Services, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the VISD administration and VISD Police, Chad Reed’s “inappropriate conduct” primarily pertained to accusations of providing alcohol to minors and of having knowledge of other alleged illicit activities afoot within his household. To summarize the allegations against Sondra Reed, the former Vidor teacher is not only accused of illegally plying teenagers with alcohol, but also of engaging in sexual acts with underage students.

Information provided to the investigating agencies includes evidence that at least two young men admitted they had sexual relations with Sondra Reed while she was employed with VISD and while they were both minors. In interviews, involved parties speculate up to 12 boys could be “on the list” of those who had sexual relations with the accused pedophile. One of the boys was reportedly 14 years old, and another was 16 years old. At the time the affairs began, according to evidence presented to investigators, the boys were both students. In addition, not previously revealed, Sondra Reed is also accused of touching the genitals of an 18-year-old boy “without his consent.”

Orange County District Attorney John Kimbrough said the case “needs work” before he will present it to a grand jury for indictment, but he previously said he does expect criminal charges to be filed against one or both of the Reeds sometime in the future.