Former Fort Bend teacher in federal court in ISIS case

January 25, 2019

A former Fort Bend substitute teacher captured in Syria as an ISIS combatant is awaiting an initial appearance in Houston Friday to face federal charges.

Warren Christopher Clark, 34, who grew up in Sugar Land and was raised by two Houston Independent School District teachers, was reported to have been captured by Kurdish rebels earlier this month and subsequently gave an interview to NBC News about how he spent time side-by-side with many engaged with the conflict.

His father, Warren A. Clark, told the New York Times earlier this month that his son was peaceful and he did not believe he would do anything violent.

Clark is set to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Bray for an initial appearance at 10 a.m

Clark, wearing a maroon windbreaker, is sitting in a wheelchair with a crutch in hand.

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Clark graduated in 2007 from the University of Houston, where he majored in political science and minored in global business. He went on to teach in Fort Bend.

Clark was a practicing Muslim in high school and showed no signs of radicalization, said people who knew him during his years at William P. Clements High School in Sugar Land.

He is the fourth person in Houston accused of associating with the Jihadist group to face federal allegations of supporting the group.

Of those four, two have been convicted and sentenced for providing material support and the third is awaiting trial.

Gabrielle Banks covers federal court for the Houston Chronicle. Send her tips at gabrielle.banks@chron.com and follow her on Twitter. (www.twitter.com/gabmobanks)