Ex-DHS teacher faced accusations in another school district in 2003
A former Denton High School teacher accused of possessing child pornography has faced allegations of inappropriate activity with students dating back more than 10 years, according to records obtained by the Denton Record-Chronicle.
Documents obtained through an open-records request show that the White Settlement school district in Tarrant County notified the State Board for Educator Certification about complaints that Greg Bogomol allegedly was involved in “teacher-student sexual harassment” in 2003. He was a teacher in intermediate school at the time.
Bogomol, 38, resigned his job as a journalism teacher on May 8 from the Denton school district. Federal agents arrested him on May 16 on a criminal charge of possessing child pornography. At a detention hearing on May 21, a U.S. magistrate deemed him a danger to the community and ordered he remain in custody until further notice.
Bogomol is accused of possessing nude photos of a 15-year-old Louisiana boy. The investigation shows he obtained them from the boy by posing as a young female named “Crystal Williams.”
Several other images of minors engaged in sexual activity were retrieved from Bogomol’s cellular phone by way of a search warrant, according to federal investigators.
Cody Cofer, Bogomol’s attorney, did not return phone messages Wednesday regarding his client’s case.
Records show that former White Settlement Superintendent Susan Simpson-Laskoskie wrote a letter to state education investigators on July 7, 2003, saying “Bogomol was notified that the superintendent intended to recommend that the Board of Trustees propose termination of his 2003-2004 term contract” following allegations of teacher-student sexual harassment.
Simpson-Laskoskie’s letter indicates that the White Settlement school district notified Bogomol’s attorney that it intended to notify state education officials that he had resigned after the allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced. Bogomol worked for the White Settlement district from 2000 to 2003.
The Texas Education Agency oversees educator certification in conjunction with the State Board for Educator Certification.
DeEtta Culbertson, a TEA spokeswoman, declined to comment on any complaints that may have been filed against Bogomol. TEA suspends its own investigation of educators when a teacher is involved in a criminal case, she said.
“If there is a criminal case ongoing at the same time, then we will pend our investigation until the criminal proceedings have been completed,” Culbertson said. “Once the criminal proceedings are completed, we continue with our investigation.”
As of Wednesday, the State Board for Educator Certification website listed seven teaching certificates held by Bogomol and described them as “valid” through 2019. The site noted that Bogomol “is currently under review by the SBEC Professional Discipline Unit.” The certifications remain valid because “no formal determination has been made,” the website said.
According to state records, Bogomol began his teaching career in Texas in 2000 with an emergency educator permit for elementary physical education. In 2002, he received an elementary teaching certificate and later several other certifications, some of which have expired.
Records show Bogomol has worked in five Dallas-Fort Worth area school districts since 2000-01 — White Settlement, Arlington, Castleberry, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw and Denton.
Bogomol also worked as a freelance sports writer for the Record-Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, but wasn’t working for any of the publications at the time of his arrest. Bogomol last wrote for the Record-Chronicle more than two years ago.
Leslie Johnston, a spokeswoman for the Arlington school district, said her district has files on Bogomol’s time as an elementary teacher in 2003-04, but cannot release them because of student privacy concerns.
“We only have records pertaining to one student,” Johnston said in an email. “We can release these documents only with consent of the former student, who is now an adult.”
The Arlington Police Department said it has no records on Bogomol.
A copy of Bogomol’s resume states he worked as a Sunday school aide and teacher in both first- and fifth-grade classrooms at Temple Beth El in Fort Worth.
Suzie Koonsman, an administrator with the temple, said Bogomol became a teacher’s aide on Sundays when he was a teenager.
She said he grew up in the temple and left in 2007. Temple Beth El has “had no contact with him” since, she said.
Officials with the Castleberry and Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school districts say no complaints were ever filed against Bogomol at their districts. Bogomol worked as a middle school teacher with the Castleberry district from 2004 to 2006 and as a middle school teacher with Eagle Mountain-Saginaw from 2007 to 2010.
Bogomol was hired by the Denton school district in the 2010-11 school year, and during his time with the district, he was a journalism/yearbook teacher and a University Interscholastic League academics coach at Denton High School.
He resigned from the school district in a one-sentence handwritten letter dated May 8.
According to a letter Denton Superintendent Jamie Wilson wrote to the director of investigations for the TEA on May 16, Bogomol “voluntarily resigned” when confronted by Denton High Principal Dan Ford on May 8 regarding the Homeland Security’s child pornography investigation.
Wilson’s letter states Ford met with a Homeland Security special agent who had “information that linked Mr. Bogomol using social media to interact with several students over a lengthy period of time.”
“At this time, Denton ISD was not made privy to details surrounding that inappropriate behavior or the students being contacted by Mr. Bogomol,” Wilson wrote in his letter to TEA’s director of investigations.
Wilson said no red flags popped up on Bogomol during Denton’s background check prior to his hiring. When asked this week his thoughts on allegations that Bogomol may have inappropriately interacted with students in the past, he said, “It is just disgusting and inappropriate for any educator to have those relationships with children.”
According to a May 21 media release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Texas, a federal judge has ordered that Bogomol “remain in federal custody during the pendency of his case.”
The release indicated the government had 30 days to present its case “to a federal grand jury for indictment.”
The maximum penalty for the charge Bogomol faces, according to the media release, is 10 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and “a lifetime of supervised release.”
BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.