Brian Shillingburg, the principal of Clements High School in Fort Bend ISD, finds himself at the center of a scandal. Shillingburg, 43, was arrested for solicitation of prostitution as part of an undercover operation known as “Operation Naughty List.” This news has sent shockwaves through the community, leaving parents, students, and staff grappling with the unexpected revelation.
|December 11, 2023
|Brian Shillingburg, principal of Clements High School, arrested for solicitation of prostitution as part of “Operation Naughty List.”
|December 12, 2023
|Fort Bend ISD confirms Shillingburg’s arrest; charges yet to be officially filed.
|December 13, 2023
|Fort Bend ISD releases a statement committing to minimal disruption to instruction and a smooth administrative transition.
|January 22, 2024
|Brian Shillingburg scheduled to appear in court for legal proceedings related to his arrest.
The Arrest and Operation Naughty List
On Monday, December 11, 2023, law enforcement executed “Operation Naughty List” to identify and apprehend individuals attempting to purchase sex. Shillingburg was allegedly caught in the crossfire of this operation when an undercover detective from the Houston Police Department posted advertisements on websites associated with prostitution. The principal, under the pseudonym Brian, reportedly agreed to engage in sexual acts for $90 at a Holiday Inn Express in Missouri City.
Detective Desoto, working undercover, signaled for Shillingburg’s arrest, leading to the 43-year-old being taken into custody by Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office authorities. According to court documents, Shillingburg’s bond was set at $5,000, which he posted, securing his release from jail on Tuesday night.
The news of Shillingburg’s arrest has left the Clements High School community in disbelief. Parents like Shahid express their concern, emphasizing the need for a thorough investigation to uncover all the facts. Students, such as Zenya, articulate their shock and concern, feeling a sense of unease in the aftermath of the principal’s arrest.
“I was shocked because I would talk to him every day. He was my principal,” said Zenya, reflecting the sentiments of students who now question the trust placed in educational leaders.
Fort Bend ISD’s Response
Fort Bend ISD, in an official statement, confirmed Shillingburg’s arrest and pledged to ensure minimal disruption to instruction and a smooth administrative transition. The district did not provide further details about Shillingburg’s employment status, leaving lingering questions about the potential impact on the school’s leadership.
Shillingburg has been the principal of Clements High School since July 2022, and his bio on the school’s website reveals a career in education spanning over 20 years. Before his role at Clements, he served as the principal at James Bowie Middle School and held positions as a youth RTC counselor and worship/youth pastor.
Solicitation of prostitution is a serious offense in Texas, classified as a state jail felony since 2021. If convicted, Shillingburg could face up to two years behind bars. The principal is scheduled to appear in court on January 22, 2024, where the legal proceedings will unfold.
The arrest of Brian Shillingburg, a figure entrusted with the education and well-being of students, has left the community grappling with shock and uncertainty. As the legal process unfolds, the impact on Clements High School and Fort Bend ISD remains to be seen. The quest for answers continues, as parents, students, and staff navigate the aftermath of this unexpected and unsettling event.
Brian Shillingburg, the principal of Clements High School, was arrested for solicitation of prostitution as part of an undercover operation called “Operation Naughty List.”
In Texas, solicitation of prostitution is a state jail felony, punishable by up to two years behind bars if convicted.
Brian Shillingburg is scheduled to appear in court on January 22, 2024, where the legal proceedings related to his arrest will take place.