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      San Benito teacher under investigation for kissing 5-year-old girl

      Jose Neftali Mendez // Cameron County Jail Photo

      An elementary school teacher remains behind bars and under investigation after being accused of kissing a young student.

      An investigation is underway for Landrum Elementary School art teacher Jose Neftali Mendez.

      Investigators reported that Mendez is accused of kissing a then-5-year-old female student while she attended Roberts Elementary School.

      Reports give a detailed account of the parent's accusations against Mendez.

      San Benito CISD police alerted the Cameron County Sheriff's Department about the investigation.

      The teacher has been booked into the Cameron County Jail on failure to appear warrants for five assault cases.

      Mendez is being held without bond.