MCKINNEY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – An assistant principal at a North Texas middle school was arrested after being accused of sexually abusing a student, police said Wednesday.

McKinney police said Kirby Glynn Smith, 50, was charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child after a boy reported the man to authorities. Smith was booked into jail on a $500,000 bond.

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According to police, the alleged incident happened while Smith was a sixth-grade teacher at Cockrill Middle School in McKinney ISD. He is currently an assistant principal at Van Alstyne Middle School.

Kirby Smith mugshot (Credit: Collin County Jail)

Van Alstyne ISD released a statement about the arrest of one of its employees that read in part: “It is with a saddened heart we acknowledge that the Van Alstyne ISD administration received a report from the McKinney Police Department that an employee was arrested and charged with sex abuse of a child. Van Alstyne ISD is fully cooperating with law enforcement in the Collin County investigation… We believe our number one priority is maintaining the safety and security of our students.”

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The district also said Smith is currently on administrative leave as the investigation continues.

McKinney ISD made a statement about its former employee. “We were deeply disturbed and saddened by the news that a former teacher in our district may be involved in the abuse of a child.  We believe our number one priority is maintaining the safety and security of our students,” the district said.”

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According to McKinney ISD, Smith also previously taught fifth grade at Wilmeth Elementary School. He left the district in 2018 to become an assistant principal.