CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — A former teacher for Vista Ridge High School has been arrested on accusations he had an improper relationship with a student.
Cedar Park police have identified the teacher as Ian J. Edgeley, 31. According to the Leander Independent School District, Edgeley was arrested by Cedar Park police for having a relationship with a Vista Ridge High School student.
“It’s kind of creepy, it’s weird,” says Vista Ridge High School student Kevin McCalmon.
The district was notified of the relationship by Edgeley’s wife this past June. Police say Edgeley told his wife in May he was having an affair with the 18-year-old student. Working with the LISD, police searched Edgeley’s computer and found nude pictures of the victim confirming their inappropriate relationship. Investigators also uncovered intimate conversations between him and the student. They say the two communicated on Twitter.
Police say they have reason to believe Edgeley has had other relationships with students at LISD and Round Rock High School during his time as a teacher.
“If there is a victim out there, we’re hoping that through the source of media that we’re going to be able to reach them and that they’re willing to come forward and share their story with us.” says Sgt. Christopher Dailey with the Cedar Park Police Department.
Students at Vista Ridge say it’s scary knowing Edgeley taught at their school.
“Like I don’t feel safe when I would come (to school),” says Vista Ridge High School student Dylan Martinez.
“They’re supposed to be like you know, keep us safe and not do that stuff,” says McCalmon.
Edgeley resigned in June. He was arrested after arriving at the Houston Airport from a trip abroad. He was booked at the Harris County Jail and then transported to the Williamson County Jail where he faces felony charges. If convicted, Edgeley could face up to 20 years in prison.
Edgeley worked as a soccer coach for Round Rock High School from 2014 to 2015. He was previously a substitute and student teacher from 2013 to 2014.
He was a computer science teacher at LISD from 2015 to 2016. Edgeley resigned from his position in June 2016.
Anyone with any information or fears of inappropriate behavior is asked to call 1-800-389-1469. Victims are encouraged to call the police department at (512) 260-4772.
The news of this arrest comes as Texas sees a record number of investigations into improper relationships between teachers and students. The Texas Education Agency says they have now opened 190 cases for last school year. The cases have been steadily climbing in recent years.
This led lawmakers to hold hearings this year about the laws regarding improper relationships in public schools. It’s only against the law if there is a sexual relationship with a minor or if the student is in the same district as the teacher.
Lawmakers hope to change that when the legislative session starts in January. They’ll also work to make sure districts don’t “pass the trash,” or move teachers from district to district if they resign after allegations of sexual misconduct. That bill was drafted just last week.