Second Grade Teacher Arrested for Indecent Contact With Two StudentsFeatured Stories, News Friday, March 7th, 2014
A local second grade teacher has been arrested for indecent contact with two former students.
34 year old Asael Paniagua Jr. of College Station is accused of inappropriate touching as recently as 2010 while teaching at Milam Elementary in Bryan.
Paniagua taught at Milam from 2007 to 2011, then moved to College Station’s College Hills Elementary where he has been a second grade dual language teacher.
Bryan Police officer Kelley McKethan says the investigation began February 6 when a parent brought their daughter to the police department. She reported she was touched on multiple occasions four years ago while she was a student in Paniagua’s class.
McKethan says that report led to the identity of a second student, who disclosed Paniagua touched her during the 2007-2008 school year.
College Station ISD (CSISD) officials say Paniagua was placed on paid administrative leave on Tuesday. Parents and guardians of College Hills students were sent an e-mail Friday morning about the arrest.
Quoting a statement given to WTAW News, “CSISD will cooperate fully with Bryan PD during the investigation. Accusations of this nature are disturbing, and if proven to be true, unacceptable. The safety and well-being of students is the top priority of CSISD and misconduct of this nature will not be tolerated by any CSISD employee.”
McKethan says investigators “will be conducting further interviews with students of Paniagua. The College Station and Bryan Independent School Districts are cooperating fully with the investigation. At this time no further details will be released as it could potentially harm the investigation.”
McKethan says Paniagua was arrested Thursday at his home without incident. Just before 5 p.m. Friday, Paniagua was released from the Brazos County Jail after posting bonds totaling $20,000 dollars.
McKethan asks anyone who has information or if a parent is concerned their child may have been victimized they are encouraged to contact the Bryan Police Criminal Investigation Division at 979-209-5316.
McKethan encourages parents and guardians to talk to their children about inappropriate contact. She also tells adults to ask broad questions, such as “Has anyone ever touched you in those places?” and not refer to specific people.
Click below for comments from Kelley McKethan, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.KelleyMcKethan030714.mp3
Below is the e-mail (in English and Spanish) sent by the College Hills principal Jane Rankin to parents and guardians, courtesy of CSISD:
Dear College Hills Parents and Guardians:
College Hills second grade dual language teacher Asael Paniagua was arrested on the afternoon of Thursday, March 6, for indecency with a child by contact. The alleged actions leading to the arrest occurred prior to his employment at College Hills Elementary.
Upon receiving information about a possible arrest warrant on Tuesday, March 4, CSISD placed Mr. Paniagua on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Bryan Police Department.
CSISD will cooperate fully with Bryan PD during the investigation. 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.
Estimados Padres de Familia:
El maestro del programa bilingüe de segundo grado en College Hills, Asael Paniagua, estuvo detenido por cargos de indecencia con un menor por contacto. Los presuntos delitos que resultaron en su detención ocurrieron antes de su empleo con College Hills Elementary.
Al recibir información de una orden de detención este martes, día 4 de marzo, el señor Paniagua fue puesto en permiso administrativo mientras en investigación por el departamento de policía de Bryan.
CSISD cooperará completamente con el departamento de policia de Bryan durante la investigación. Acusaciones de esta clase son inquietantes, y si resultan ser verdad, inaceptable.
La seguridad de su niño es la prioridad más alta de la escuela y el distrito.
Mala conducta de esta clase por cualquier empleado de CSISD no será tolerado.
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