CONROE—Officials say two gay men are charged with having an inappropriate relationship with the same Caney Creek High School student.
Officials say former Conroe ISD police officer Chris Sutton is
charged with the offense of Improper Relationship Between Educator and
According to officials, the boy is a student who attends Caney Creek High School.
District officials first learned of the possible charges when Sutton
resigned on February 17 from the Conroe ISD Police Department.
Sutton worked as a police officer for the Conroe ISD Police
Department for 14 years, serving as sergeant for the past nine years.
The gay teen met Sutton on Grindr, a gay dating website, last
year. The student “did not know he was communicating with Sutton on
Grindr until Sutton revealed his identity,” according to the affidavit.
Authorities said in August the two started to meet routinely at a local park and at the boy’s home.
“These charges are serious and the safety and well-being of our
students remains our highest priority,” said Chief William Harness. “The
District is working closely with the District Attorney’s office and the
city of Conroe Police Department in the investigation. ”
Another man, Brian Ortiz, is also charged with Improper Relationship
Between Educator and Student involving the same student. Officials say
Ortiz is an athletic official contracted through Houston TASO Basketball
Officials Association, Houston TASO Football Officials Association, and
Houston Basketball Officials Association.