EXCLUSIVE: Falsely Accused Andrews Teacher Speaks Out

EXCLUSIVE: Falsely Accused Andrews Teacher Speaks Out

By Kim Powell
NewsWest 9

ANDREWS - A former Andrews school teacher won't be charged after accusations of a student-teacher relationship put him under investigation. A grand jury didn't find evidence to indict him. "I'm going to go celebrate," Cannon McWilliams said with a smile on his face.

The football coach and trusted History teacher from Andrews High School has been under investigation since February.

"I really thought it was a joke, but then I know when anything like that is said, it's going to be blown way out of proportion," McWilliams said.

McWilliams explained that the principal pulled him aside and asked him about the student. The coach claimed he was under the impression the girl was in her twenties and from a different state. Before he knew it, his phone was taken away for investigation and he was placed on administrative leave.

"It was shock, it was sad, you know for the first week or so," McWilliams said. "And then it went from mad to sad to mad."

He says it's been a day-to-day battle for the last four months, trying to keep his mind busy while hoping to hear something back from investigators. He got through it with the support of friends and family. Texas Rangers took both his and the girl's phones and went through all of the text messages and pictures. A grand jury finally decided on Thursday that there was nothing to charge him with.

"Being single in Andrews, Texas--there's not a million opportunities. So when you get like a good looking girl say, 'hey,' you know, you're like, 'okay, great,'" McWilliams explained. "And of course eventually to find out they were made up, then it was like, 'okay,' and I was caught. You know, they out-smarted me, tricked me, or whatever you want to put."

McWilliams says the school district forced him to resign. However, now that he's clear of any wrongdoing he's working on getting back to what he does best--teaching and coaching.

NewsWest 9 reached out to Andrews ISD for a comment but have not heard back.