Two Fannin County educators arrested for felony injury to a child

BONHAM — Two former employees of the Fannin County Special Education Shared Services Arrangement are facing felony charges of injury to a child and unlawful restraint based on videotaped evidence of child abuse, according to the Bonham Police Department.

Police stated that on May 23 they were called to an intermediate school in the Bonham Independent School District to investigate a report of child abuse. Police discovered that a video camera set up inside the school for other purposes captured footage of two adult educators injuring and restraining a child in their care.

Police reviewed the video of the incident, and based on that evidence issued a warrant for the arrest of the two educators, Brent Johnson and Adriene Connerly. On May 25, police arrested the man and woman for injury of a child causing bodily injury and unlawful restraint causing exposure to serious bodily injury.

The Fannin County Special Ed SSA is a co-operative program providing special-needs education services. The arrangement is run by the superintendents of the school districts within the county and is based in Bonham. The SSA said that Bonham ISD Superintendent Dr. Marvin Beaty would speak for his district regarding this incident.

Dr. Beaty would not confirm or deny any details of the incident. Beaty said, “We’ve reported to the police department, Child Protective Services, and we’re doing an independent investigation … while we have a lot of information, we don’t have all the information … we’re in a fact-finding mode. We are taking every precaution to take care of kids. It’s not a situation we can discuss broadly (but) we’re taking (it) very seriously.”

Fannin County District Attorney Richard Glaser said that his office has assisted with the investigation, but no case has yet been presented to a grand jury.

According to the Fannin County Jail, Johnson and Connerly were released after posting $10,000 bonds on the same day they were arrested.