AUSTIN (KXAN) — At a Saturday press conference, AISD officials revealed that a Walnut Creek Elementary school teacher had been arrested on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Alfredo Andrade-Gaytan, 33, was arrested on Friday following an AISD police investigation. He was served a notice of termination from AISD at the same time.
Andrade-Gaytan, a third-grade bilingual teacher, had been teaching a summer school program at Reilly Elementary.
He was hired by AISD in 2005 and has worked in McBee, Read and Linder elementary schools.
According to police documents, on the first day of class, Wednesday, while other students were on the playground, Andrade-Gaytan assaulted a 6-year-old girl that stayed in the classroom after asking her if she’d like to play a game.
The victim alerted family that evening.
Police tried to question Andrade-Gaytan on Thursday, but he denied being alone with the girl.
Investigators told Andrade-Gaytan that they were able to collect forensic evidence from the girl’s shirt, and that it was being sent for analysis.
On Friday, Andrade-Gaytan allegedly called AISD police to confess, saying he wanted to talk about “making a mistake.”
There is no evidence that other students had been or will be in any danger.
“To date, we found nothing that would give us any sort of a hint that this would become an issue for the district and for this family,” said AISD Human Capital Officer Michael Houser.
AISD has promised to keep parents informed as to what is going on with the investigation. They scheduled three parent meetings where questions can be asked.
They are set to happen Monday at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Reilly Elementary and one on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Walnut Creek Elementary.
Parents have also been encouraged to talk to their children about how to report situations they are uncomfortable with.
Counselors and social workers are expected to be available for summer school students on Monday at Reilly.
As of late Saturday, Andrade-Gaytan remained in the Travis County Jail on $50,000 bail. It was unclear whether he had hired an attorney.