Former Corsicana ISD coach charged with improper student relationships

Jackie Ray Grace Jr., aka Cody Grace. (Jail photo)
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CORSICANA, Texas (KWTX) A former coach with the Corsicana Independent School District has been charged with having improper relationships with multiple students.

Corsicana ISD Police arrested Jackie Ray Grace Jr., better known as Cody Grace, before noon Saturday.

Grace, 39, was booked into the Navarro County Jail on three charges of improper relationship between educator/student, according to jail records.

He remained jailed Saturday evening.

Grace was employed by Corsicana ISD from 2011-2016 then left to pursue another job opportunity, according to district officials who say they were unaware of the allegations until they were notified two weeks ago and then reported it to law enforcement.

“Student safety is the highest priority of Corsicana ISD, and any allegation of impropriety is cause for serious concern,” Susan Johnson, Executive Director of Communications at CISD, said in a statement. “Corsicana ISD will continue to work with authorities in the ongoing investigation.”

According to sources with direct knowledge of the situation, while Grace hasn’t worked for the district in more than two years, the incidents happened during Grace’s employment as a girls softball coach at Corsicana High School where he also taught and coached cross country.

Saturday's arrest was the result of a recent “outcry that snowballed,” and additional cases may be filed, the sources said.