Ex-San Antonio elementary teacher pleads guilty to child sex crimes at Kerr County school

Russell Lynn Berry, 36, was first-grade teacher at Center Point ISD

By Adrian Garcia - Digital Journalist

KERR COUNTY, Texas - A former first-grade teacher pleaded guilty last week to sexually abusing a child and possessing child pornography.

Russell Lynn Berry, 36, pleaded guilty Sept. 12 to 10 counts of possession of child pornography in two separate indictments and sex abuse of a child continuous victim under 14, an official with the Kerr County District Clerk's Office confirmed with KSAT.com Friday.

The official said Berry's admission was part of a plea bargain. District Judge Keith Williams will sentence Berry Oct. 24.

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Officials said Berry was a first-grade teacher with the Center Point Independent School District during 2017-18 and was set to return the following school year.

Upon learning of several complaints against Berry, CPISD placed him on administrative leave as the Kerr County Sheriff's Office conducted an investigation.

On Nov. 2, 2018, Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer said Berry admitted to investigators that he did "touch a student at CPISD in a sexual manner and that he had done so at a previous place of employment."

Hierholzer said before being employed by CPISD, Berry worked for Northside Independent School District in San Antonio.

A spokesperson with NISD confirmed to KSAT.com that Berry worked as a teacher at Meadow Village Elementary School from August 2006 to June 2017.

While the spokesperson said NISD police were in communication with the Kerr County Sheriff's Office, it is unclear if any charges were filed against Berry from his time with the school district.

On the day of his arrest, Hierholzer said a search into Berry's cellphone by a forensic investigator revealed a "number of child porn images."

"The case was presented to the 216th Grand Jury and a 33-count indictment and a 21-count indictment was handed down," Hierholzer said at the time.

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