MURPHY (CBSDFW.COM) – A Murphy elementary school coach is charged with indecency with a child, for several alleged incidents of inappropriately touching a Hunt Elementary School student.
Todd Reich, 38, is accused of touching the breasts of first grade student and making her touch his genitals over his clothing, according to an arrest affidavit.
The abuse happened at the school and started when the victim was in kindergarten when Reich would rub her back and touch her bottom.
The Collin County Sheriff’s Department says Reich threatened to kill the victim, her parents and her dog if she told anyone about it.
The victim told investigators that Reich had been warned by the school’s principal not to have contact with her, but Reich ignored that warning.
Plano ISD is not commenting on any warnings given to Reich and is not confirming the identity of the teacher. But the district sent out a letter, which reads in part:
“We were notified last night of the arrest of a Hunt Elementary School employee by the Collin County Sheriff’s Department. An investigation regarding alleged inappropriate behavior with a former student is ongoing and details remain confidential.”
The district says is it working with police during the investigation and the teacher has been placed on administrative leave.
The parent letter goes on to say, “Our team at Hunt Elementary would like you to know that the security of our students is of the utmost importance and we feel it is imperative to keep the lines of communication with our families open as we work together to maintain an environment of trust and safety. We will keep you informed appropriately as details become available.”
This is the second time a Hunt Elementary teacher has been charged with a sexual crime against students.
Joseph Garbarini was sentenced to more than 60 years in prison for abusing kindergarten age girls.
A lawsuit filed this year claims the school ignored warning signs in that case, which happened during the 2009-2010 school year, the same year Reich is accused of committing his crime.
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