BRYAN, TX (KBTX) – The following is a press release from the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office:
“Gregory Stanley, a high school drama teacher, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Brazos County jury on January 19, 2022.
The jury had previously found him guilty of improper relationship between educator and student on Friday.
On August 3, 2015, a student in Stanley’s Theater Arts class at College Station High School contacted the College Station Police Department to report an incident of abuse. Stanley had texted the student after 1:00 a.m. and invited him to his house. The student visited Stanley to discuss the upcoming school year.
There, Stanley provided him with alcohol. After that, Stanley started massaging the student. The victim’s requests for him to stop were ignored. Stanley led the student to his room, lit candles, and applied lotion to the student as part of the massage. Despite being told to stop again several times, Stanley touched the student’s genitals. The victim was eventually able to distract Stanley and flee to his home.
The student described feeling shaky and hunched over later that morning. Hours after the incident, he reported what had happened to a friend and was convinced to contact the police department.
A College Station detective helped the student place a recorded phone call with Stanley the next day. During the call, Stanley apologized to the student, blamed his behavior on his drunkenness, and attempted to manipulate the victim into not reporting the incident. Stanley was arrested later that afternoon and evidence from his home and phone corroborated the victim’s account.
Stanley was furloughed by CSIS the same day and later resigned.
The jurors also heard of a former student of the defendant when he taught at Magnolia High School. This victim was a student at Blinn when she was invited to Stanley’s house late at night via text message on May 24, 2015. She was offered a drink and then passed out. He woke up to see Stanley performing oral sex on him without consent. This victim had contacted the CSPD anonymously in June.
After Stanley was arrested, he again contacted the CSPD and identified himself.
Jurors also heard of a Corsicana High School student who had an encounter with Stanley at a Georgetown drama camp in July 2015 where he was inappropriately hugged and kissed by Stanley.
Evidence at trial showed that the defendant had previously taught acting at Klein High School, Temple High School, Magnolia High School and other locations. This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Brian Price and Tammy Thomas.
“Both victims have shown true bravery in coming forward, remaining patient during the extended timeframe for this case to come to trial, and resisting character attacks during the trial. This jury’s verdict sends a clear message to those who abuse their position of trust with our children,” said Brian Price and Tammy Thomas, assistant district attorneys.
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