CIBOLO, Texas – A Steele High School special education teacher was arrested Thursday afternoon by Cibolo police in a case involving inappropriate contact with a student, officials said.
Cibolo police said detectives had received an anonymous complaint involving an underage student and 63-year-old Alfred Villarreal, of Cibolo, on Feb. 26. The tipster told officials the incident involving the student and the teacher was caught on surveillance video, according to police.
Police said they arrested Villarreal around 2:30 p.m. Thursday. They said he was charged with indecency with a child by sexual contact and taken to the Guadalupe County Jail.
Officials say the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District is cooperating in the investigation.
The district sent the following statement in an email to parents:
"This afternoon, Steele High School special education teacher Alfred Villarreal was arrested for Indecency with a Child. After school hours on February 25, our administrative team became aware of potentially inappropriate physical contact with a student. We contacted the SCUC ISD human resources department who placed Mr. Villarreal on leave pending the outcome of an investigation. We also contacted Child Protective Services (CPS).
"SCUC ISD is cooperating fully with CPS and the Cibolo Police Department during the investigation. Actions of this nature are disturbing, and if proven to be true, unacceptable.
"We do not have any more information at this time as this is an ongoing investigation.
"The safety and security of your child is the top priority of the school and district.
Misconduct of this nature by any SCUC ISD employee will not be tolerated."
Police encourage anyone who observes inappropriate behavior to call law enforcement immediately.