On December 16, 2014 the Lewisville Police Department was contacted by administrators of the Lewisville Independent School district and advised that there was information that a district employee may have had inappropriate contact with a student.
On the same day, A Crimes Against Children Detective interviewed the suspect, Krista Young a 35 year-old Little Elm resident. Ms. Young was a paraprofessional at the Purnell Center in Lewisville. Young admitted to the Detective that she had engaged in sexual intercourse with a 16 year-old male student on several occasions in the last couple of months.
Detectives prepared a warrant and Ms. Young turned herself in to the Lewisville Jail on December 19th. Young was arraigned and transferred to the Denton County Sheriff’s Jail on the 21st. Her bond was set at $10,000.
The child’s parents have been in contact with Detectives and the School District.
Karen Permetti, PIO for Lewisville ISD has informed us that Young was terminated from the district on December 16th. Additionally, all parents who have students served at Purnell were contacted on the same day.
Improper Relationship with Educator/Student is a Felony in the 2nd degree punishable by two to twenty years and a $10,000 fine.
Permetti explained that The Purnell Center is the LISD Special Education headquarters, and the campus provides services for special education students. Some of the students attend that campus all day, and some attend the campus just for specific services. Permetti said that an assistant principal at the school notified the district administration that he suspected something inappropriate was going on.
The district investigated and determined that there was a reason to be concerned that criminal activity was occurring. At that point, LPD Captain Dan Rochelle says LISD contacted police on the morning of December 16th, and LPD immediately sent a detective to talk with them.
Rochelle said that he believes it came to the district's attention as being related to text messages between Young and the student. Permetti did confirm that text messages were involved, and explained that a teacher at the school had concerns about what they thought was a log of text messages between them. That teacher went to the assistant principal at the campus, who took the issue up the chain to the administration.
After conversations with the student and the parent, the administration realized the messages implied criminal behavior between Young and the student. Permetti said they contacted police and terminated Young immediately, escorting her from the campus.
Permetti said that all parents of students attending that campus or having contact with Young had been notified on the 16th.
Young had worked for LISD for a year and a half, according to Permetti. Prior to that, she says Young was a long-term substitute in Little Elm ISD, and prior to that had worked in Palestine ISD.
Update 12/22/2014 - 6:30 p.m. The Lewisville Texan Journal has obtained the affidavit that led to Young’s arrest, and we have learned more about this story.
According to the affidavit, It wasn’t just one teacher who had concerns about Young and the 16 year old victim. Three teachers shared their concerns in writing with Principal Corey Bell. The concerns shared with Bell on the morning of December 15th were that Young may have had inappropriate contact with the student. Bell questioned Young about the texts that morning, and she at first denied it, but then told a story about texting him to help him find his lost phone. The principal met with the student and asked him about the texts, at which point the student became visibly distraught and showed signs of hurting himself.
Bell called the student’s father to explain the incident and share concerns with the father, as well as to insure that the father would be home when the student got home. The father told Bell that he had looked through his son’s phone just the night before, and noticed a month’s worth of text messages from Young, some of which were sexual in nature. The father at this point had not known who Young was, and the son told his father that Young was his girlfriend.
The affidavit goes on to state that the next day (December 16th), Bell met with Young again, and brought in Special Education Director Dr. Paula Walker, and Jeff Crownover, an HR administrator. They confronted Young together, and she admitted to them that she had sexual intercourse with the student at his home. LISD Executive Director of HR Brenda West contacted police at this point.
Lewisville police Detective Rick Crociata responded to the LISD HR department conference room at 9:45 a.m. where these administrators were still talking to Young.
Crociata said in his statement that he interviewed Young after telling her that the conversation was voluntary, and that she could stop. After crying for a bit, he says that Young began to tell him the details of their relationship.
Young’s statement to police was that she knew the relationship was illegal, and that he was too young. She allegedly told police that the two liked to play video games online together, and that the student initially propositioned her during one of the sessions. The two allegedly used an online anonymous video chat service called Omegle to have conversations of a sexual nature. Crociata said that Young told him there was nudity during these calls.
Young allegedly told police that she first had sex with the student at his house on November 13th after school, and that the two began meeting every day at his house, having sex more than 10 times. She allegedly told the detective that she had specifically looked up the law about the age of consent, and had told the child they needed to be careful. The affidavit says Young also admitted to having a relationship with another student from Palestine High School after he graduated. Police say she voluntarily handed over her cell phone and iPod, and was then escorted out of the building by LISD staff.
The "I'll be home: Memories of World War II" exhibit is on display at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater Art Gallery through Saturday, December 27. The gallery is open from 1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Assembled from private collections in our region, “I’ll Be Home…” is an exhibition of photographs, documents and artifacts commemorating the service of the “Greatest Generation” during World War II. We owe our lives and our liberty to what they accomplished. As it is now more than 70 years since the end of the war, time is running short to offer thanks to those who served. This exhibit includes newspaper and magazine pages from the war years, personal and published photographs, military uniforms and insignia, some military equipment and manuals, books and documents from the war years.
Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, located at 100 N. Charles Street, is the premier public arts facility in Southern Denton County. The 40,000-square-foot facility features a 296-seat proscenium theater, black box theater, dance recital hall, art gallery, five art classrooms and a large courtyard. Medical Center of Lewisville has a multi-year agreement with the city for naming rights at the center.
To reach MCL Grand from Interstate 35E, take exit 452 and proceed east on Main Street to Charles Street. MCL Grand will be on the left. Free public parking is available along Main and Church streets, or at Lewisville City Hall across Church Street from the center.
For details about upcoming events, or rental information for the facility, please visit MCLGrand.com or call 972.219.8446.
As always, there are a ton of events coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Here are some selected events that you may find interesting.
Christmas Closings: City of Lewisville: offices will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. All essential services will continue to operate. Residential garbage scheduled for collection on Christmas Day will instead be picked up the following day (Friday). Lewisville ISD is closed until January 5th. DCTA has regular service on Christmas Eve, No Service on Christmas Day, and modified service on the day after Christmas.
Art Exhibit: VAL’s “Toyland” runs through Dec. 27 Members of the Visual Art League of Lewisville will display their works during their “Toyland” exhibit, running through Dec. 27 at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Admission is free. The exhibit, available for viewing Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and during public performance at MCL Grand, will donate pieces to the Ronald McDonald House at the end of the run.
I'll be home: Memories of World War II exhibit at MCL Grand - Through December 27th The "I'll be home: Memories of World War II" exhibit is on display at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater Art Gallery through Saturday, December 27. The gallery is open from 1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Assembled from private collections in our region, “I’ll Be Home…” is an exhibition of photographs, documents and artifacts commemorating the service of the “Greatest Generation” during World War II.
Weekends through Dec. 23 - Holiday Activities at The Shops of Highland Village The Living Christmas Card Quartet - Complete with custom-tailored Victorian costumes, The Living Christmas Card quartet offers a selection of classic and jazz-flavored custom holiday arrangements for your listening pleasure. They will perform Fridays 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays 3 to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. The Quartet will also perform on Dec. 22 and 23 from 3 to 7 p.m.
Strolling Holiday Entertainment - Jingles, toy soldiers, Jack Frost, Santa and Mrs. Claus are just a few of the interactive characters strolling the festive streets of The Shops at Highland Village. They will be on site Fridays 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays 2 to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. Before they head back to the North Pole, their final appearance is December 22 – 23 from 2 to 8 p.m.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides - Grab your favorite hot beverage from Nestle Toll House Café and then sit back and enjoy a free Horse Drawn Carriage ride through the festive streets of The Shops at Highland Village. Carriage rides are complimentary and available first come, first served; Carriage will not run during inclement weather. Fridays and Saturdays 5 to 8 p.m. and Sundays 3 to 6 p.m. Carriage rides will also be available Dec. 22 and 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.
All events are located at 1701 Shoal Creek on the corner of FM 2499 and FM 407 in Highland Village, Texas.
December 16th - 24th: Hanukkah Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish readers. Blessings and peace to you and your families.
December 15th - January 17th: Free Christmas Tree Recycling Bring your Christmas trees to Lake Park at N. Mill Street and Lake Park Road, following the signs to the drop off area. It's that easy!. This reduces landfill waste, and the trees are mulched to provide compost. Between December 30th and January 17th, residents can bring a bag and shovel and get free mulch. Sponsored by Keep Lewisville Beautiful, and the City of Lewisville.
Thursday, December 25th: Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas to our Christian readers from The Lewisville Texan Journal. We hope you have a great day, and a meaningful holiday with your family.
Friday, December 26th - Christmas Bird Count for Kids at LLELA Kids bring binoculars and dress warmly. The Christmas Bird Count is the longest running citizen science survey in the world, occurring for over 100 years. The CBC provides critical data on population trens for North American bird species. The kids' version gives them a taste of the real thing. $7 per person, including the LLELA gate fee. RSVP required to 972-219-3930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEWISVILLE - At its Dec. 16 Special Board Meeting, the Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) Board of Trustees unanimously named Dr. Kevin Rogers as Interim Superintendent as the Board searches for its new Superintendent of Schools. Rogers has served as the district’s Chief Operations Officer (COO) for the past four years.
Rogers thanked the Board and stated it will be an honor to serve as Interim Superintendent while the Board continues its search. As COO, he is responsible for supporting the daily functions of LISD’s 69 campuses and student activities including working with the Central, East and West Zone leaders. Additionally, he oversees the following departments: Athletics, Campus Support Services, Career and Technology, Fine Arts, Guidance and Counseling, Health Services, Safety and Security and Student Services.
Rogers joined LISD in 1986 as a middle school science teacher and moved through the ranks as Assistant Principal and Principal prior to serving the district in a Central Office position. Rogers was an Assistant Principal at Marcus High School and then Principal at Arbor Creek Middle School prior to becoming the Marcus High School Principal, where he served for 15 years.
LEWISVILLE - A Muslim family in Lewisville didn’t realize their religious flag was causing a stir - not until people started coming by to take pictures, and a journalist from a local TV station came to their house. To many Americans, the sight of a black flag with Arabic writing on it invokes an association with some very visible (but different) symbols in use by violent Islamist extremist groups, such as ISIS. Last weekend, one Lewisville woman’s post on a Flower Mound Facebook group resulted in a raging debate, complete with anti-Muslim rhetoric, first amendment arguments, and even a threat from a local man to burn the house down before the thread was deleted.
The truth of the flag, as we learned from several independent sources, and a conversation with a resident from the home is much more mundane: It’s a symbol of the Shia sect of the Islamic faith. The writing on the flag, in Arabic is phonetically “Ya Abbas Alamdar”, meaning “Oh Abbas, standard-bearer”. Abbas (Al Abbas ibn Ali) is believed to be the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, and is revered by Shia Muslims as a martyr in the battle of Karbala in the late 7th century in what is present-day Iraq. In that battle, Abbas carried the standard (or flag) and was killed while trying to bring water back for the children in their camp. Shia Muslims often refer to Abbas using the honorific title Hazrat.
The sword is said to symbolize Zulfiqar, the name of the sword carried by Ali, who was Abbas’ father and Mohammed’s son-in-law. Shia Muslims regard Ali as the first imam. The color black is said to be a symbol of mourning, but was also a color representing the Abbasid line of caliphs.
Nisa, an 18-year-old college student who lives in the residence with her family, spoke to us Tuesday about the flag, and explained that it was just a visible symbol of their family’s Shia faith. Nisa's family is originally from Pakistan, and moved to Texas in December of 2000. They have been in Lewisville since 2003, where they moved for job-related and school-related reasons.
She explained that Muharram, the first month of the Muslim calendar is when Shias typically commemorate Abbas' brother, Imam Hussain, but that for her family, they have the flag year-round. Muharram began October 24th, and ended November 23rd. "Prior to the Facebook incident we have not had any dangerous threats, just people asking questions about the flag in a completely harmless manner," said Nisa. "Several weeks ago a news reporter from WFAA Channel 8 News came to ask about the flag and what it represented because she saw threatening posts on Twitter," she added. "We have had this flag on top of our house for about 8 years and nobody has ever complained about it."