FT. WORTH - A former star pitcher for Baylor has been arrested and charged with indecency with a child, according to the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.
Chad Hawkins, who played for the Bears and was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2000, resigned from his job as an assistant boys basketball and baseball coach and history teacher at Arlington Heights High School Friday, according to the newspaper.
That was two days after a Westworth Village patrol officer found him in a car with a 16-year old girl in the parking lot of a fitness center. Hawkins, 34, told police they did not have sex, and also told the officer he did not realize the girl was that young.
The teen told police Hawkins was giving her a ride home, but later admitted the two had inappropriate contact, but did not have sex. She was taken to Cook Children's Medical Center that night for an examination.
Police started looking for Hawkins the next day, Jan. 17, and arrested him Tuesday.
Investigators say he used the name Thomas Durdan on a fake Facebook account, and the teen was the only friend on that account. Authorities discovered 90 pages of Facebook messages between the two, some of it sexually suggestive and some of it related to history tests in the class Hawkins taught and the girl attended.
Online Tarrant County records show Hawkins bonded out of jail.
Chad Hawkins was the 39th overall pick in 2000 by the Rangers out of Baylor, and received a $625,000 signing bonus. He pitched three years in the minors before retiring because of arm problems.
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