Kennard ISD superintendent cuts ties with custodial service after arrest

Kennard ISD superintendent cuts ties with custodial service after arrest

KENNARD, TX (KTRE) - A day after Houston County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a school custodian for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy, the Kennard ISD superintendent issued a statement saying that the district has severed its ties with the company that employed the woman.

"Kennard ISD was made aware yesterday afternoon that an inappropriate encounter occurred between an ABM Industries custodian and a minor male student on the high school campus," Kennard ISD Superintendent Richard Cooper said in a statement. "The district immediately contacted the Houston County Sheriff's Department, who in turn immediately dispatched officers to the district to begin an investigation."

According to the statement, "all required background checks were performed" before the custodian was allowed into any of Kennard ISD's facilities.

"The ABM custodian has been barred from the district, and the district is ending its contract with ABM," the statement said.

Cooper said the district is cooperating with the sheriff's office in the ongoing investigation and is providing any and all information that may be needed. In addition, Kennard ISD officials are conducting their own internal investigation into the incident.

"Kennard ISD puts the safety of our students above all else," Cooper said. "We strive to ensure that our students can come to school each day knowing they are in a safe and secure environment."

The incident, which allegedly occurred on a Kennard ISD campus, is still under investigation by the Houston County Sheriff's Office.

"We apologize for the lack of inofrmation that we are able to release at this time, but this case is extremely delicate, and many factors of criminality have been exposed, and investigators are working diligently to gather all the information," said Chief Deputy Gary Shearer with the Houston County Sheriff's Office.

Shearer said the woman was released from the jail before she appeared before a judge, because the DA's office has requested she be released until they gather more information.

Due to the sensitivity of the issue and possible extenuating circumstances, KTRE is withholding the woman's name until she has been formally charged.

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