KAUFMAN, Texas — Former Terrell Independent School District occupational therapist and spirit director, Sharraine Williams, was indicted by a Kaufman county grand jury for theft, tampering with a witness, tampering with a government document and obstruction retaliation today and later surrendered to authorities this afternoon.
Sharraine Lajuan Williams of Terrell, 52, has been charged and indicted with one count of “Theft of Property >= $2,500 - $30k”, a state jail felony. Williams was also charged and indicted on one count of “Obstruct Retaliation”, one count of “Tamper with a Government Record Defraud/Harm” and one count of “Tamper with Witness”, all 3rd degree felonies.
William's arrest warrants were signed prior to today's grand jury indictment according to court records obtained by inForney.com
Williams voluntarily surrendered herself to the Kaufman County jail this afternoon where she was booked and expected to be released on preset bonds totaling $40,000.
Williams was put on paid administrative leave from her post at Terrell ISD on May 13, after the district says multiple stakeholders alleged various complaints of “unprofessional conduct and financial improprieties.” Williams position included director of the Tigerette Drill team, high school cheerleading and Special Olympics.
In June TISD board trustees accepted a recommendation by the superintendent to terminate Williams. Shortly after, Williams exercised her right to an independent hearing examiner provided by the Texas Education Agency. A hearing was scheduled, but later cancelled after Williams voluntarily resigned on August 15 according to district officials.
“Since May, the District has proactively and thoroughly investigated this matter with the assistance of multiple law enforcement agencies. The District’s findings and detailed records have been turned over to the Kaufman County District Attorney’s Office,” the district said in a statement today.
Mrs. William’s husband, Reginald Williams, has served on the TISD board of trustees since 2007 and currently remains the board’s Vice President.
This is a developing story.