AUSTIN (KXAN) – Police are preparing to serve an arrest warrant for new charges to a former Austin Independent School District teacher already in jail on sex charges.
Austin ISD Police tell KXAN News Alfredo Andrade-Gaytan will face a charge of indecency with a child by exposure; his fourth charge since his arrest on sexual assault of a child charges earlier this month.
“It’s incumbent upon us as law enforcement professionals, as members of a school district, members of the community, that we take care of those that can’t take care of themselves,” said Chief Eric Mendez with AISD Police. “We’re talking about children that at the age of 6, to many, are still considered babies. So we want tot take care of those babies, we want to be the voice for them.”
Chief Mendez says the investigation into the possibility of more victims continues.
“If there are people out there that have concerns, not just parents, I’ll reiterate: If you have a concern about Mr. Gaytan. If you feel that something occurred or may have occurred, that may be criminal, or you’re just not sure, call us, 512- 414-1703.”
Andrade-Gaytan was arrested again Monday on additional charges of indecency with a child.
Police began investigating Andrade-Gaytan after a 6-year-old girl told parents he sexually assaulted her after asking her to stay in for recess during summer school. Since then, four more allegations surfaced against the elementary school teacher. And, there could be more charges on their way.
AISD Police say they are still investigating allegations and determine whether or not to file charges.
Andrade-Gaytan is being held in the Travis County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bond. Even if he did post bond, he would not be allowed to bail out of jail because of an immigration hold. He would be released directly to federal officials.
Although Andrade-Gaytan sits in jail, he is still a certified teacher with the State of Texas. He can no longer teach in AISD, but Lauren Callahan with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) says someone in his position could technically teach in other districts while the investigation is pending.
“It’s a personnel matter at the local level. Now, if there’s a criminal case pending a lot of this stuff works itself out at the local level. If there’s a criminal case pending, normally districts know about that.”
While some TEA investigations into teachers can take years, others are expedited.
“Especially for those criminal systems when those educators do go to prison, they don’t go back to the classroom.”
In that case, Lauren says their certificate is revoked permanently and they cannot teach in Texas ever again.
To find out if your child’s teacher is being investigated by the state, you can check online through the Texas Education Agency.
Allegations from multiple students at different schools
The first allegation surfaced from a student in a Riley Elementary School summer school program. Andrade-Gaytan taught at Walnut Creek Elementary during the 2013-2014 school year.
Austin ISD officials held meetings at both schools to inform parents about the investigation and to coach them about talking to their children about the incidents. Police say the new allegations came out of conversations parents had with their children.
In one instance, one of the victims was able to tell investigators the name of another potential victim.