A former school cop and a high school referee have been charged for having sex with the same teenager in Conroe.
Chris Sutton, a 14-year veteran of the Conroe Independent School District police, and Brian Ortiz, who has been a football and basketball referee employed by CISD for a year and a half, face charges of improper relationship between educator and student, court documents show.
Court documents say Sutton had been communicating with the adult male student on Grindr -- a popular gay hookup app -- for a while before meeting him at a church function last April.
The student then realized the Grindr connection, and the two went to a nearby park to have sex.
Several other hookups occurred at parks and in a residence, documents show. School officials were unaware of any wrongdoing until Sutton resigned February 17. CISD police then called in Conroe police.
Ortiz met the student at a homecoming event last October, documents show.
The Montgomery County Police Reporter says Ortiz and the student entered into a dating relationship, and Ortiz was not happy that Sutton was also meeting the student.
"The entire episode came to light when Ortiz, who was dating the male, told Sutton, the CISD Police Officer, that he (Ortiz) would go to the media if Sutton didn't back out of the relationship," the MCPR writes.
Conroe police are asking anyone with further information on the case to contact them.
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