September 8, 2011
High School coach arrested for selling steroids to students (Texas)
This high school volleyball coach was arrested for selling steroids to his students. Don Friendswood police arrested a Clear Springs High School physics teacher and volleyball coach who they say sold steroids and cocaine to students and others. Timothy Todd Porter, 45, is charged with two felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance. Friendswood police and DEA agents investigated Porter for about three months after receiving a tip about him, says Friendswood Police Department spokesperson Officer Lisa Price. The Clear Creek Independent School District says in a press release that Porter will be suspended pending the outcome of his criminal case. If convicted, he will be fired. Price says police didn’t tell CCISD officials about the investigation until after Wednesday’s arrest. Porter was arrested Wednesday morning at about 6:30 a.m. at his home in League City, Price says. Officers also arrested his roommates, Geoffrey Winlock Taunton, 45, and Joshua Todd Decker, 21, on drug-possession charges, but won’t say yet whether they’re also accused of dealing. “I believe that they had a part in it, but to what extent, I still don’t know,” Price says. Price says investigators following up on the initial tip stepped up their efforts once they realized what Porter’s job was. Police are asking parents in Friendswood to speak with their children and find out if any “improper student-educator relationships” exist. “I would not say that students were his primary market,” Price says. “We believe that there’s probably some students he has sold to in the school, but he was also selling outside the school.” During the investigation, Price says, Friendswood officers witnessed Porter selling cocaine and steroids to several people. “The two warrants we had when we arrested him, were when he sold steroids in a buy that we were involved in, and one where he sold 7 grams of cocaine,” Price adds. Wednesday morning’s search of the home also turned up 98 grams of the steroid stanozolol and 35 grams of another steroid, anabar. Officers say Taunton was in possession of the pain medication repraxain, and that Decker was in possession of marijuana and synthetic marijuana. Police say an 18-year-old Clear Springs student showed up at Porter’s home driving Porter’s car during Wednesday morning’s search, but was released without charges. After the arrests, DEA agents raided the Healing Hands Compounding Pharmacy in Murphy, Texas. The pharmacy may be involved in the case, and is the subject of an ongoing federal investigation. An 18-year old Friendswood Clear Springs student, who arrived at the residence driving Porter’s vehicle, was released without charges.