Texas Coach Busted: Disturbing Credit Card Spree Revealed

A Texas high school soccer coach has found himself in hot water after being arrested for spending $5,000 at a strip club using a school district credit card. J.D. Bales, a former assistant coach at Bridgeport High School, was caught red-handed in July at the Men’s Club of Houston, according to local reports.

It appears that Bales thought he could get away with using taxpayer money to fund his own personal pleasure.  It is the responsibility of school districts to thoroughly vet their employees and to ensure that they are trustworthy and ethical individuals.

Bales’ actions not only show a complete lack of respect for the district and its resources but also for the students that he was supposed to be guiding and mentoring. It is especially concerning that Bales was not immediately fired upon the discovery of his fraudulent spending. Instead, he was allowed to resign and was only indicted months later.

After being booked, Bales posted a $10,000 bond and was released. He was indicted in November, but the indictment was sealed until recently.

“[Bales] resigned from both his coaching position and his role as a [special education] teacher at Bridgeport Middle School [Sept. 8],” the district said in a statement.

“Superintendent Dr. Amy Ellis confirmed that the decision to accept the resignation is in the best interest of Bridgeport ISD and the athletic program.”

“Bales eventually submitted payment for the charge. However, due to the overwhelming evidence in the case (most importantly, the case involved taxpayer money), I believed it was prudent to submit the case to the Wise County District Attorney,” Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford stated.

This incident is just one of many recent scandals involving teachers and coaches in the public school system. Earlier this year, six of Bales’ own soccer team players were arrested for hazing other students, some as young as 14.

Allegedly, the hazers forced other students to strip naked and then recorded them making demeaning and sexually explicit phrases. This is a terrible reflection of the culture within the school and the lack of proper supervision and discipline.

The case of J.D. Bales is a stark reminder of the need for stronger measures and higher standards in our public school system.