Former local band director pleads guilty to relationship with student

Christopher Johnston. (Jail photo)
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ROGERS, Texas (KWTX) A former Rogers ISD band director pleaded guilty to two charges related to improper relationships with children in district court on Tuesday.

Judge Fancy Jezek, in 426th District Court, on Tuesday accepted guilty pleas from Christopher Johnston, who was charged with improper relationship between a teacher and a student and possession of child pornography, court records showed.

Jezek sentenced Johnston to eight years in state prison on the improper relationship charge and six years on the possession of child porn charge and ordered the sentences to be served concurrently.

Johnston was placed on administrative leave and then resigned after a text message prompted an investigation that "resulted in evidence of an inappropriate relationship," the school district confirmed at the time of the arrest.

At the time the district issued a brief statement in which it said on May 12 a student reported "a text message sent by our band director, Christopher Johnston, that violated district policy."

In a message sent by the district, the superintendent explained: “At this point, our investigation has resulted in evidence of an inappropriate relationship. We have contacted the appropriate authorities and Mr. Johnston has submitted a resignation," the statement said.