October 9, 2019 – After Conroe Independent School District’s (CISD) administration tried to cover up the wrongdoing and even went so far as to fail to make the public aware of a very serious situation occurring inside of the Woodlands High School, former English teacher and Junior Varsity Basketball Coach Richard Chiamulera, age 32, pled guilty to the felony offense of Sexual Assault of a Child in the 9th District Court of Montgomery County yesterday, October 8, 2019. A Montgomery County Grand Jury had indicted Chiamulera on May 9, 2019, on three charges of Sexual Assault of a Child, a second degree felony carrying a punishment range of 2 to 20 years in prion or probation.
Chiamulera accepted a plea offer of 13 years in prison on each of the three sexual assault charges. The Woodlands High School teacher and coach will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Chiamulera coached the girls basketball team and taught English at CISD’s The Woodlands High School.
The victim met Chiamulera when Chiamulera was the coach of her basketball team. Chiamulera would communicate with the victim via text message and Snap Chat outside of school hours, and ultimately invited the victim to his apartment where he proceeded to assault her sexually.
At the time of the sexual assault, the victim was 16 years old.
Felony Prosecutor Lora Beckman said, “It is incredibly important to prosecute offenders who we place in positions of trust and who have access to our children. Teachers and coaches are placed in positions of authority, and students look to them for guidance. We take it very seriously when a person violates and manipulates that trust by victimizing a child in our community.”
Internal school district documents, which CISD never released but which this newspaper obtained through two CISD employees, indicated Chiamulera had “an improper relationship with a student.” Nevertheless, CISD failed to disclose the situation to parents, even while Chiamulera remained on the school district’s payroll.
The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, broke this story, despite CISD’s coverup, in the story “BREAKING NEWS! Conroe ISD JV Basketball Coach Chiamulera Accused of ‘Improper Relationship’ with Student, Not Yet Fired, Warrant out for His Arrest,” The Golden Hammer, February 18, 2019.
Even though a warrant had issued for Chiamulera’s arrest in mid-February, 2019, CISD kept Chiamulera on its taxpayer-subsidized payroll.
Chiamulera had coached for nine seasons. Previous to coaching at The Woodlands, he had coached basketball and softball in Houston and Memphis, Tennessee. He also coached track and field in Michigan. Although CISD allowed Chiamulera to teach English to high school students, Chiamulera received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and English from Northern Michigan University in 2011 and a Master’s Degree from Walden University, an online school.