College Station ISD Teacher Charged with Indecency with a Child

By: Alex Lotz Email
By: Alex Lotz Email

BRAZOS COUNTY - Parents are holding their children a little closer Friday night.

"It disgusts me," said Milam Elementary School parent Evelyn Lamping. "It scares me. I mean, those are my babies."

A teacher is behind bars charged with two counts of indecency with a child.

"Heaven forbid, having someone like that work around them, I mean, imagine the person's thoughts," Lamping said.

Asael Paniagua was a second grade teacher at Milam Elementary School in Bryan from 2007-2011. It was during this time that he allegedly touched two students inappropriately.

Bryan Police said the case began on February 6 when a Milam Elementary parent brought her daughter to the police station. She told them Paniagua touched her during the 2010 school year.

"The investigation led them to a second child who is no longer in this city," said Bryan Police Officer Kelley McKethan. "That child disclosed that in the 2007-2008 school year, she was also touched inappropriately by that same teacher."

Since he left Milam Elementary in 2011, Paniagua has been working at College Hills Elementary in College Station. After learning about the allegations, College Station ISD placed Paniagua on administrative leave Tuesday.

The College Hills Principal, Jan Rankin, issued a letter to parents Friday saying, "Accusations of this nature are disturbing, and if proven to be true, unacceptable.The safety and security of your child is the is the top priority of the school and district. Misconduct of this nature by any CSISD employee will not be tolerated."

The Bryan Police Department are continuing to interview Paniagua's past and current students to see if there are any more victims.

"Typically in these cases, as in this case, we have had one victim and we want to make sure there are no others," McKethan said.

Police said it is very important for parents to talk with their children about this matter and to educate them about what kind of behavior is appropriate.

Paniagua remains in the Brazos County Jail Friday night on a $20,000 bond.

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