College Station Middle School Teacher Found Guilty of Official Oppression in San Antonio

*10P.M. Update*

A College Station Middle School teacher is on leave with pay after being convicted of official oppression on a job as a supervisor at a state jail in San Antonio.

News 3 broke Friday's verdict online and has learned College Station school officials were unaware of his arrest or trial until Thursday.

42-year-old Charles Hamilton joined the College Station ISD in July 2010 after being dismissed from his position as the number three supervisor at a state jail in San Antonio where he assaulted an inmate in an October 2008 incident.

Charles Hamilton's future at A&M Consolidated Middle School is now in question for something he did at his previous job as a jail official.

A Bexar County jury convicted Hamilton Friday on a misdemeanor charge of official oppression after he roughed up an inmate.

James Salazar was in handcuffs at the Fabian Dominguez Unit in San Antonio when Hamilton pushed him face-first into a wall in a darkened room causing injuries to his mouth and lips.

Salazar had to have multiple stitches.

Hamilton was arrested and bonded out of the Bexar County Jail on October 4, 2010 and is now on paid leave as teacher of Juvenile Justice, Practical Law and Exploring Careers at A&M Consolidated Middle School, after the district learned of his arrest.

"To me that's frightening. It's really having no one to complain to if the person that is doing the beating is going to investigate the beating that he just inflicted upon you. And that's what the defendant tried to do. It is to the warden's credit that when he learned of what Hamilton was doing he took Hamilton off that investigation. Rightfully so," said Adriana Biggs, Chief of the White Collar Crime Division of the Bexar County District Attorney's Office.

College Station ISD officials say Charles Hamilton met all employment requirements and passed a standard D.P.S. background check before joining the district in July 2010.

His arrest came about three month's after he joined the school system.

We're told the district's internal investigation should be complete within the next two weeks.

Hamilton remains free after Friday's verdict and trial which lasted about two and a half days.

His sentencing has not been scheduled yet.

The school district released the following statement:

College Station ISD statement regarding A&M Consolidated Middle School teacher Charles Hamilton:

"Upon learning about the arrest and trial of Charles Hamilton, the College Station Independent School District placed him on paid administrative leave, pending an internal investigation.

During Mr. Hamilton’s hiring process in July 2010, he met all the requirements of the State Board of Education and a standard Texas Department of Public Safety criminal history check.

Unknown to CSISD, Mr. Hamilton was arrested in October 2010. CSISD was unaware of the arrest until the afternoon of Thursday, March 8, 2012.

Mr. Hamilton will remain on paid administrative leave until the completion of the trail and a thorough internal investigation has been conducted by the district."

*Previous Story*

A College Station Middle School teacher is convicted of official oppression after working as a supervisor at the Fabian Dominguez Unit in San Antonio.

A Bexar County Jury convicted 42-year-old Charles Hamilton of official oppression after he pushed a handcuffed inmate against a wall in a darkened room at the Fabian Dominguez State Jail.

The inmate James Salazar was injured in the lip and required multiple stitches and sutures.

Hamilton is on paid administrative leave with CSISD pending an internal investigation.

Hamilton could face up to a year in the Bexar County Jail for the Class "A" Misdemeanor.

He joined the school district in July 2010 after being dismissed from his San Antonio job.

News 3 will have more information on this case Friday night at ten.


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