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AISD Teacher Arrested for Sexual Assault

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Austin ISD officials said an elementary school teacher has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child.
The victim is a 6-year-old girl.
Police said it was June 11, the first day of summer school at Reilly Elementary, when 33-year old Alfredo Andrade-Gaytan allegedly sexually assaulted a kindergartner.
"The teacher came in yesterday and during an interview provided information and confirmed the information that was shared from the outcry, confirmed that he did indeed sexually assault the child," said AISD Police Chief Eric Mendez. 
Andrade-Gaytan has been teaching at AISD for about five years. He was teaching a bilingual education course when the alleged assault occurred.
"The incident was alleged to have occurred in the classroom during the school day. Other students were sent to the playground for recess and the one student was held back," said Mendez. 
The victim was interviewed and examined at Dell Children's Hospital.
"We moved quickly to ensure that this teacher was no longer around the students, no longer around the campus and was in custody as quickly as possible," said Mendez.
Andrade-Gaytan has worked at several AISD campuses including Linder, McBee, Reed, and most recently teaching 3rd graders at Walnut Creek Elementary.
"To date we've found nothing that would give us any sort of a hint that this would become an issue for the district and for this family," said Michael Houser, chief human capital officer at AISD.
Kalina Orwick has four kids that attend Walnut Creek Elementary school. She said the fact that this was a kindergartner is very disturbing.
"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," said Orwick.
Orwick said it's scary as a parent to know you can't trust your child's teachers.
"I think they deserve to be protected just like how we protect them at home, it needs happen at school," said Orwick.
Orwick thinks the schools could do more.
"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," said Orwick.
Mendez said cameras in classrooms aren't an option. He said there's a state law that prevents the district from doing that.
School district officials said Andrade-Gaytan no longer works for AISD.
"We continue to move forward as the human resources department by serving him with a notice of termination yesterday at the time the warrant was served," said Houser.
Police said the victim is doing as well as could be expected.
"This is a six-year-old who lived through a traumatic event and so it's going to take some time," said Mendez.
Andrade-Gaytan has been booked into the Travis County Jail.
His bond is set at $50,000.
AISD officials are holding three parent meetings to answer any questions they might have. Those meeting will take place Monday, June 16 at Reilly Elementary at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Tuesday, June 17 at Walnut Creek Elementary at 6 p.m.
Police said if any parents have additional concerns or if their children make any concerning comments regarding Andrade-Gaytan they can call police at 512-414-1703.

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