Matthew Christopher Hummingbird, 26 of Kermit, was arrested last Thursday for an inappropriate relationship with a Big Lake student during his time with RCISD in the 2017-18 school year.

Hummingbird picked up a second inappropriate relationship between a teacher and student charge on Friday following a Texas Ranger investigation.

The second charge references a sexual relationship between Hummingbird and a Lake View High School student.

“I’m very proud of our deputies’ work on this case,” Sheriff Jeff Garner said. “They received information and moved quickly and thoroughly on it.”

Hummingbird’s initial charge from Reagan County stemmed from an inappropriate relationship he had with an RCISD student between January and March of 2018.

Reagan County ISD Superintendent Bobby Fryar released a statement on Wednesday saying in part “Prior to being notified by law enforcement, the district was not aware of any alleged misconduct. The district’s investigation following Mr. Humminbird’s arrest has not revealed any district employee with prior knowledge of a suspected improper relationship. Student safety, whether in this District or another, is a paramount concern to Reagan County ISD.”

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Hummingbird had sexual intercourse with an RCISD student twice during that time period.

The document shows the events with the RCISD student were told to Reagan County Investigator Jason McGhee during an interview with the victim.

Hummingbird offered a full confession to the charge once interviewed by investigators at the Reagan County Sheriff’s Department.

Hummingbird, who spent one year as a Reagan County Middle School math teacher and coach, was picked up on Thursday by three Reagan County deputies in Kermit – where he serves as a junior high math teacher and coach.

Fryar’s statement also noted that Hummingbird voluntarily resigned from RCISD at the end of last school year.

“The district has reported this incident to Child Protective Services and the State Board of Educator Certification was notified that the teacher is suspected of having an improper relationship with a student,” Fryar said. “The school administration will continue to cooperate with these agencies as needed, and to the fullest extent permitted by law.”

Fryar’s statement ends with “Please be assured that the district has taken steps to keep students safe and I am grateful for the efforts and cooperation of the Reagan County Sheriff’s Office.”

Deputy Nick Hammer said investigators received information about another potential improper relationship between Hummingbird and a student and passed that information on to Texas Ranger Philip Kemp.

Hammer also said Reagan County investigators received a full confession from Hummingbird to the San Angelo charge during their questioning at the Reagan County Jail.

Sheriff Garner said the second charge, which is also a 2nd Degree Felony, was not related to Hummingbird’s time at Reagan County ISD during the 2017-18 school year.

“I do know it was a separate victim,” Garner said. “I know the second victim cooperated with the Ranger. I don’t know specifics as to how many times the inappropriate relationship occurred.”

Ranger Kemp moved quickly, with the assistance of the San Angelo Police Department, to investigate the second allegation.

According to the second arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Wildcat on Wednesday, Hummingbird had sexual intercourse with a San Angelo Lake View High School student on New Years 2017 while employed by the school.

Hummingbird, after being notified of his statutory warnings by Reagan County authorities, admitted to having sexual intercourse with the student on New Years 2017 at a hotel in San Angelo.

Ranger Kemp requested the assistance of another Texas Ranger, Thomas Norsworthy, to interview the victim in Kingsville, Texas where they currently reside.

Ranger Norsworthy was able to confirm the New Year’s 2017 event with the former Lake View student.

Hummingbird, a 2011 graduate of Lake View, taught at Lake View during the 2016-17 school year – a year prior to his one-year stint at Reagan County Middle School.

He identified himself on all social media platforms as a History Teacher and Assistant Basketball Coach for Lake View during that time.

“These cases involving children are a top priority for us,” Sheriff Jeff Garner said. “When we get information, we will move forward. If it proves to be fact, we will pursue the criminal case.”

Garner said his department has a duty to the citizens of Big Lake to do the best job possible.

“Especially in cases dealing with minors and students,” Garner said. “The people of Big Lake and Reagan County deserve the very best from us, and that is what we are trying to do.”

Hummingbird is currently employed by Kermit ISD as a Junior High math teacher and coach.

Improper relationship between educator and student is a Second Degree Felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.00.

As with all criminal cases, Hummingbird is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.