ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) - A teacher in the Arlington Independent School District has been arrested.
Sam Houston High School teacher Brandon McDaniel, 36, is accused of having inappropriate conduct with two female students.
“Mr. McDaniel was placed on administrative leave by the district on February 8 as soon as we had some allegations of inappropriate conduct with a female student,” explained Arlington ISD spokeswoman Amy Casas.
According to police, McDaniel allegedly drove one victim to Austin for a day trip last November. The victim told authorities that’s when a consensual sexual relationship began between the two.
The second victim told police she had sexual contact with McDaniel in his classroom. Both victims were 18-years-old.
Despite the age of the students, Arlington police spokeswoman Tiara Richard said the ultimate responsibility falls on the teacher. “Although they’re [the students] both adults, it’s something where the teacher is in a position of power, a trusted position. Parents trust teachers to act appropriately.”
McDaniel, who has been with the AISD since 1999, was chairman of the English Department at Sam Houston. Now officials at the school are working with investigators.
“Obviously the district is working fully with the Arlington Police Department to investigate this to its fullest extent and we take these matters very seriously,” Casas said.
Investigators said it was a Crime Stoppers tip that led to McDaniel’s arrest.
McDaniel faces two second-degree felony charges of Improper Relationship Between an Educator and Student and is being held in the Arlington City Jail with $20,000 bail.
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