A Texas teacher was arrested, accused of sexually assaulting a six-year-old kindergarten student in the classroom while the other kids were at recess.
Police say 33-year-old Alfredo Andrade-Gaytan told the girl to stay in the classroom while the other students went to recess and asked her to “play a game.”
The girl told her parents that she was sexually assaulted and her parents took her to the hospital where DNA evidence was recovered from her clothing.
After initially denying he had been alone with the girl, Andrade-Gaytan confessed, saying he “made a mistake.”
Andrade-Gaytan was immediately removed from the classroom and has been fired by the Austin school district.
Police say the girl was only in his class for one day.
Police Chief Eric Mendez said “this is very disturbing. This is not typical behavior. Usually in these types of incidents the suspect knows their victim or their intended victim for some time.”
Andrade-Gaytan has taught in the school district since 2009 and has worked as a teacher since 2005.
Kalina Orwick, who has four kids who attend Walnut Creek Elementary School where he worked, said “they don’t even know how to spell, they barely know their ABCs and they have to worry about parents and teachers that are crazy. I think they deserve to be protected just like how we protect them at home, it needs to happen at school.”
“You can very well put cameras or something in the classroom so we can see what they’re actually doing. That’s the problem. The teachers are free to say and do whatever they want,” Orwick added.
Andrade-Gaytan is being held at Travis County Jail on $50,000 bail.