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More charges filed against former AISD teacher

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Austin ISD Police have filed more charges against a former teacher. Alfredo Andrade-Gaytan, 33, was arrested early Saturday morning in Brenhem. He's behind bars in Washington County on two $100,000 bonds.

He faces two counts of indecency with a child in addition to the original charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

The investigation started a week ago when a girl, 6, made an outcry accusing Andrade-Gaytan of sexual abuse. Since his initial arrest police have received several calls. Four new allegations were made and of those four police obtained warrants for two charges. They are still investigating the remaining two allegations.

"We had one victim come forward to make an outcry of possible indecency. While that child was being interviewed they stated they observed another child have the same thing happen to them," said AISD Chief Eric Mendez. Mendez says officers then contacted that child's family.

Police say the most recent charges involve two students, ages eight and nine. According to an affidavit one of the victims told police that Andrade-Gaytan would kneel down by her desk and touch her while other students were in the classroom.

The alleged abuse happened during the school year. Andrade-Gaytan was a bilingual teacher at Walnut Creek Elementary. He's been with the district since 2005 and also worked at McBee, Lender and Reed.

"It's difficult to speculate whether there are more victims. I hope not. I hope they've all come forward that need to come forward but with these types of offenses you never know," said Mendez.

Young victims of abuse in the Austin area are interviewed at the Center for Child Protection. Last year, 92 percent of the cases involving abuse locally involved situations where the child knew the person who harmed them.

Barbara Jefferson is the Clinical Director for the center. Without getting into details of these specific cases, Jefferson says communication with children is key.

"I think the most important thing a parent can do is have open communication with their children at all times so that way when a child is anxious or feels like they need to talk with a parent they know their parent is there," said Jefferson.

Mendez says parents who are worried about their immigration status shouldn't be concerned about coming forward.

Mendez says his officers are working on plans to bring Andrade-Gaytan back to Travis County. He expects the district attorney's office will ask the judge for a bond increase for the initial charge.

The investigation is on-going.


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