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Trial date changed for former WFISD choir director

The trial date for a former Wichita Falls High School choir director accused of having sex with a student has been tentatively moved to March 27.

Christopher Glenn Jarvis, 34, of Frisco is accused of an improper relationship between an educator and a student in connection with a Dec. 7, 2017 allegation that he had sex with a female student in a choir room closet, i show court documents.

Jarvis had been tried on January 23 in the 78th District Court, but the date was pushed back to February 6 and later to the end of March. Jarvis is also scheduled for a pretrial hearing on March 24.

In addition, his case was set for an appeal hearing on November 30, which was canceled, and another on May 31. He was postponed due to a scheduling conflict.

Changing or delaying a trial date or plea hearing is not unusual in criminal cases as judges, attorneys and defendants juggle obligations and options.

A Wichita County grand jury indicted Jarvis in March 2021 on felony charges in the second degree, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

On November 15, 2022, a judge approved the indigent application by Jarvis, who is represented by assistant Wichita County public defender Gant Grimes, court documents show.

On January 20, Grimes received electronic copies from the district attorney’s office of the former choir teacher’s statements.

Jarvis was released Thursday from the Wichita County Law Enforcement Center on $10,000 bond, according to online prison records.

Jarvis’s expired teaching certificate is listed as inactive by the State Board for Educator Certification. Texas Education Agency personnel are investigating a misconduct allegation against him. No formal determination has been made.

Jarvis resigned from WFISD with a final hire date of May 29, 2021, according to the district.

The week before his arrest on September 4, 2020, according to district officials, WFISD officials placed him in paid administration after learning of an investigation by the Texas Rangers. He was placed on leave while officials conducted an internal investigation.

WFISD officials declined to divulge information about their internal investigation into Jarvis, citing the confidentiality of employee records.

While with the district, Jarvis earned about $59,753 a year including salaries, according to WFISD.

Trish Choate, a corporate surveillance reporter for the Times Record News, covers education, the courts, breaking news and more. Contact Trish with news tips at [email protected]. Read about her recent work here. Her Twitter handle is @Trishapedia.

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