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The case against a former Eastland ISD employee who was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student has been dropped.

The 91st District Court of Eastland County dismissed the charges against William “Bill” James Culverhouse on June 25 “in the interest of justice and in light of the defendant’s notice of his retirement from Eastland ISD,” court records show.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Culverhouse holds a valid, lifetime Texas secondary science teacher certificate for grades 6 through 12, according to a Texas Education Agency online database. He has been certified since Aug. 15, 1976, but he is under review by the TEA’s Educator Investigations Division.

Culverhouse was arrested on February 1 after a grand jury indicted him on a charge of improper relationship between a teacher and a student, a second-degree crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

According to court documents, Culverhouse’s charges were dismissed without prejudice. The charges can be refiled at a later date if the State of Texas so desires.

According to the indictment, the student was enrolled at Eastland High School while Culverhouse was employed there. He was accused of “intentionally and knowingly” having sexual contact with her by touching her inappropriately.

The Texas Rangers assisted the Eastland Police Department in investigating the case.

Previous reporting: Eastland teacher arrested for inappropriate relationship with student, DPS investigates

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