The Auburn School District has placed an Auburn Riverside High School teacher and coach on administrative leave after video surfaced of him allegedly seeking an inappropriate contact with a 14-year-old boy in a Walmart in Houston, Texas last July.
The district learned about the video Friday, and sent out a letter to district staff and families advising them that the district is cooperating with law enforcement and is working with them to investigate. No charges have been filed against the man.
A Houston group called Predator Poachers posted a video showing graphic photographs and inappropriate text exchanges allegedly between the teacher and the boy, arranging a sexual encounter in a bathroom stall.
Here is what ASD Superintendent Alan Spicciati wrote in the letter:
“Dear ASD Families & Staff:
On the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 6 the district was made aware of a video on social media showing a staff member allegedly seeking an inappropriate relationship with an underage child.
We immediately notified law enforcement and are working with them to investigate.
The staff member was placed on administrative leave Friday afternoon.
Student safety is our top priority. We appreciate the person who reported the video. Remember, if you see something, say something. The ASD has an anonymous tip line with four easy ways to report anything suspicious: “
The Auburn Police Department has since posted the following statement on its Facebook page
“The Auburn Police Department has been made aware of an incident involving a teacher from Auburn Riverside. The incident occurred this past July in the City of Houston, Texas. We will assist Houston PD and the Auburn School District in any way we can. Houston PD has jurisdiction over this investigation and we don’t have any further information to report at this time.”