Records: Robert Vela High School teacher inappropriately touched female student
A criminal complaint alleges a 28-year-old Robert Vela High School teacher inappropriately touched a female student last month.
The alleged incident took place in February and came to light after the school principal, Sylvia Ledesma, reported the assault to campus police, according to the criminal complaint obtained by CBS 4 News.
According to the criminal complaint, Daniel Garcia, 28, intentionally stroked the student on her arm and breasts.
The student said she felt uncomfortable and left, according to the criminal complaint. The alleged incident happened during 6th period inside Garcia's office.
School surveillance video showed the student and Garcia were in his office for approximately 11 minutes, according to the criminal complaint.
The student's mother is filing criminal charges on behalf of her daughter.
In a statement sent to CBS 4 News last week, the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District said:
"The school district does not comment on personnel matters or ongoing investigations.”
According to the complaint, Garcia was charged with indecency with a child, a third-degree felony. However, Hidalgo County jail records indicate Garcia was charged with indecency with a child exposes.
Hidalgo County jail records show Garcia was released from the Hidalgo County jail on March 6 on an attorney signature bond.
Garcia's attorney— listed as Javier Villalobos Attorney at Law in Hidalgo County records— wasn't immediately available for comment.