Dallas Physical Education Teacher Accused of Sexual Performance by a Child

Police say girl told to lift up her shirt, bra

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, Apr 3, 2014  |  Updated 1:51 PM CDT
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PE Teacher Accused of Sexual Performance by a Child

Anthony Holmes, mugshot, inset.

A physical education teacher at Dallas' Skyline High School has been accused of sexual performance by a child, a second-degree felony, police say.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, last December 44-year-old Anthony Holmes compelled a 15-year-old girl to expose herself to him while in the high school gym.

Police said Holmes asked the girl if she was going to show him her chest. When she replied, "Yea, I guess," he told her to go to a corner of the gym behind a door.  Once there, the teen did what Holmes told her and lifted up her shirt and bra, police said.

Police said Holmes then told the girl not to tell anyone.

The teen told police that after the incident Holmes made inappropriate comments to her, asked her to stay after school and asked her if she drank alcohol.  At one point, police said, Holmes also suggested they could get a hotel one night.

The teen said Holmes had been talking to other students in a similar manner.

Administrators with the Dallas Independent School District told The Dallas Morning News that Holmes was placed on administrative leave a month ago.

Inside Skyline High, there was a lot of talk about the allegations.

"When I got here to school everybody was just talking about it, everybody was tweeting about it, postingstuff on Instagram," said Damaris Espinoza, a senior.

"It was just a surprise to everyone," she added. "He was a good coach. I mean, I've seen him around the school and stuff -- he seemed like a nice man, but no one would ever expect that, especially not from him."

Parents want to know why they weren't alerted; Holmes was arrested on March 26.
 
"They didn't send anything out, I heard it from her. They didn't call or send anything out or nothing. We should know that," said Rodney Thompson, a concerned parent.

DISD told NBC 5 a letter would go home to parents Thursday.

Wednesday afternoon NBC 5 learned that the Dallas County Sheriff's Office has not yet filed charges in the case.

Holmes posted $15,000 bond Wednesday and was released. 

NBC 5's Ray Villeda contributed to this report.

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