Texarkana ISD teacher arrested, fired for alleged inappropriate relationship with student

Brandon Neil Sams, DOB: 11/23/1975
Brandon Neil Sams, DOB: 11/23/1975(Bowie County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Oct. 4, 2022 at 11:17 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2022 at 4:24 PM CDT
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TEXARKANA, Texas (KSLA) - A former teacher with the Texarkana Independent School District (TISD) in east Texas has been arrested.

Police say Brandon Sams, 46, was arrested on several charges related to an inappropriate relationship with a student. He was employed with the school district as a band instructor and was fired Sept. 26. Police say the district is cooperating with the investigation.

“TISD’s foremost priority is to protect our students’ physical, social and emotional well-being at all times,” reads a state from the school district.

TISD officials declined to release any more information since it is an ongoing criminal investigation.

Sams appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Boone Baxter on Friday, Oct. 7 on a federal complaint charging him with enticing a minor and obstruction of justice. According to the federal complaint and information presented at court, from March through September of 2022, Sams, while working as a band instructor at Texas High School, allegedly tried to persuade a minor to engage in sexual activity.

On Sept. 26, Sams reportedly tried to hide information from law enforcement.

If convicted, Sams faces anywhere from 10 years to life in prison.