Highland Middle School teacher Daniel Decker accused of inappropriately touching 5 students – CONAN Daily


Daniel Decker39 years old, started working for Highland Secondary School in Hobbs, Lea County, New Mexico, USA as a social studies teacher in 2019. He also coached at the school.

On March 11, 2022, a student reported to staff at Highland Middle School that she had been inappropriately touched by Decker. The school immediately put him on leave and soon after he quit.

Since then, four other female students have filed similar complaints. According to the alleged victims, Decker hugged or touched them inappropriately at various times in 2021, either while they were at school or while attending after-school sporting events.


After receiving the first complaint against Decker, staff at Highland Middle School contacted the Hobbs Police Department. When the police contacted the teacher, he agreed to a voluntary interview with investigators.

On April 20, 2022, Decked was arrested and charged with five counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor. On April 21, 2021, he was detained at the Lea County Detention Center in Lovington, Lea County, pending arraignment.

Born in 1852, James Isaac Hobbs founded Hobbs in 1907 and was the first postmaster of the town post office, which opened in 1910. He died in 1923.

The end National Basketball Association player William “Bill” Bridgesancient National Football League to come back Timothy “Timmy” Smith58 and NFL quarterback Daniel “Colt” McCoy35 years old, were born in Hobbs. Sam Cobb is the outgoing mayor of the city.


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