Ex-local middle school teacher sentenced for improper relationship

Shawn Westley Noordam (Jail photo)
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COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) A former Copperas Cove junior high school teacher was sentenced Friday to prison time after pleading guilty to having an improper relationship with a student.

Judge Trent Farrell, after re-setting the punishment hearing several times for Shawn Wesley Noordam, on Friday sentenced him to serve an 8-year term on the improper relationship charge and an additional 8-year term on a charge of sexual assault of a child, Coryell County District Attorney Dustin Boyd said.

Farrell ordered the sentences to run concurrently.

Noordam, 29, was arrested following an investigation that started May 31, 2015 after a school resource officer reported a possible improper relationship at the school.

The victim, who was 15-years-old at the time, reported during a forensic interview with the Children’s Advocacy Center, that she and a teacher had been having a relationship through texts, phone calls and social media, police said.

The two then began a sexual relationship in June 2014 that continued through May 2015, the victim reported.

Noordam was a coach at S.C. Lee Junior High School and he was placed on administrative leave after the relationship came to light and was dismissed after he was arrested.