AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Independent School District police are now looking into four additional cases as more students have come forward against a teacher already facing a charge of sexually assaulting a child.
AISD police tell KXAN News the new allegations against Alfredo Andrade-Gaytan, 33, came from Walnut Creek Elementary School — where he taught during the 2013-2014 school year.
“The anger the teachers are feeling is just, is pretty severe,” said Diana Groves, crisis coordinator for the district. “For the families, what they’re feeling, this is traumatizing.”
Andrade-Gaytan was arrested on Friday following an AISD police investigation.
A 6-year-old girl attending summer school at Reilly Elementary told her parents and police that Andrade-Gaytan assaulted her after he asked her to stay in from recess to “play a game.”
Two days later, police say Andrade-Gaytan confessed to the crime.
AISD officials have spent the past two days in meetings with parents whose children may have come into contact with Andrade-Gaytan — in an effort to teach them how to talk to their children about the incident.
“There’s emotion. You have sadness, frustration. They have questions. Where do we go from this point?” said AISD Police Capt. Christian Evoy.
Police say the new allegations surfaced after the news of the first sexual assault investigation was made public. They are speaking with those children and moving forward with the investigation.
“We are going to follow up on any leads any information. It’s going to be quite an extensive investigation. Because he has been in the district for a long time, he has been at different of schools,” said Evoy. “I hope that there aren’t any more victims out there. But if we get more allegations and we get more information, we’re going to follow through.”
They know counseling will be needed for quite some time.
“To give themselves permission: It’s OK to feel angry. We’re angry. I’m angry about what has happened,” said Groves.
Moving forward will not be easy, but AISD officials want parents to know they aren’t alone.
Bilingual counseling was made available at Reilly Elementary starting Tuesday. It will also be available at Walnut Creek Elementary starting on Wednesday.