Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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May 15, 2013

UPDATE: CHS coach arrested for improper relationship

Chris Francis, 27, held on $40K bond

Cleburne police confirmed Wednesday that Cleburne High School Lady Jackets’ soccer coach Chris Francis was arrested after allegations that he engaged in sexual conduct with a female CHS student. 

Francis, also a career and technical education teacher, was booked into the Johnson County Jail. Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Ronny McBroom issued an emergency protective order against Francis with special conditions of bond, prohibiting him from being in places where children are likely to congregate. He is being held on a $40,000 bond.

CISD Superintendent Tim Miller said he accepted Francis’ resignation Tuesday, effective immediately, but declined to comment further. Francis did not give a reason for his resignation, district officials said. 

“At this time, we’re not able to share additional information,” Miller said. 

Cleburne police were notified of the alleged relationship by the district, according to a CPD press release sent Wednesday. It is not clear when the allegations came to light. 

Improper relationship between an educator and student is a second degree felony, punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. 

Francis began working at CISD in August 2012.  

Before CISD, Francis served as head soccer coach at Irving Nimitz and spent two years as head coach at Irving MacArthur, the 2010 district champion. 

According to his page on the district website, Francis has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and a master’s in sports management. 

At Cleburne, Francis led the girls soccer team to a 13-7-6 season. They advanced to the sectional round of Class 4A playoffs, where they lost to Fort Worth Arlington Heights. 

The Lady Jackets beat Burleson Centennial 1-0 in the bidistrict round and Fort Worth Carter-Riverside 4-0 in the area round. 

As of Wednesday, calls to Francis’ cellphone went unreturned and the number is no longer in service. 

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