2 Louise teachers accused of indecent acts with children

Kathryn Cargo By Kathryn Cargo

April 4, 2017 at 11:06 p.m.
Updated April 4, 2017 at 11 p.m.

Two Louise Independent School District teachers face criminal charges of inappropriate acts with their students in unrelated cases.

Clifford Hooks, 43, of Louise, is a Louise ISD elementary school teacher and physical education coach. He was arrested Sunday by Wharton County Sheriff's Office deputies and charged with indecency with a child, said Sgt. Scott Grosser.

A second-grade student told parents he or she was inappropriately touched by Hooks, and the sheriff's office received the report Feb. 22.

Hooks is no longer in the Wharton County Jail because he posted a $25,000 bond Monday.

Hooks is on administrative leave, and Louise ISD officials are determining what the next course of action is regarding his position, Superintendent Garth Oliver said. Hooks has taught at the school for about a year, he said.

Thomas Hosman, 45, of Eagle Lake, is a Louise ISD junior high school social studies teacher and girls coach at the junior high and high school. Hosman was arrested by Eagle Lake Police Department officers Friday and booked into the Colorado County Jail, said Sgt. Wally Rodriguez, of the Wharton County Sheriff's Office. Hosman is no longer in the Colorado County Jail because he posted a total of $60,000 in bonds Saturday.

He has been charged with two counts invasive visual recording in Colorado and Wharton counties, Rodriguez said. Hosman is accused of secretly recording a female student undressing and uploaded it to the internet, he said.

The Eagle Lake Police Department was tipped off about the video by the Houston Metro Internet Crime Against Children Task Force.

The Wharton County Sheriff's Office is investigating the possibility of more victims that have come forward because of the arrest, Rodriguez said.

After the initial arrest of Hosman, Eagle Lake Police Department officers located another recording of a student undressing that had not been uploaded to the internet, said Police Chief David Freeman.

The next step for the police department is to analyze Hosman's computer and cellphone, and all places where digital media could be stored, Freeman said.

"After the computer is analyzed, I feel confident we're going to find other victims at that point," he said. "We'll have to notify the victims and go from there with additional charges."

Hosman is on administrative leave and pending termination and has taught for the district for about four years, Oliver said.

Eagle Lake police received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that someone with Hosman's IP address, or computer address, had uploaded a video of a child younger than 18 undressing in what appeared to be in a school building, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Police obtained a search warrant for his house in Eagle Lake and his cellphone.

"We're cooperating with every request from the investigators," he said. "We want to reassure parents and students and staff that we're doing everything possible to protect the privacy of these students, the victims of these alleged crimes."

Louise ISD has about 480 students in its district.

Hosman allegedly recorded six students changing clothes, Oliver said.

"There could be more," he said. "We just don't know."

Oliver said he had no suspicion of any inappropriate activity from either teacher.

"Someone that has been vetted and gone through the proper background checks and all of that, I would be surprised that this happened anywhere," he said. "Especially someone who's supposed to be taking care of children."



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