Ex-Kennard ISD custodian arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting 15-year-old boy

Ex-Kennard ISD custodian arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting 15-year-old boy

KENNARD, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Houston County Sheriff's Office arrested a 22-year-old woman Monday in connection to allegations that she was caught with her pants down after she sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy in a bathroom at Kennard High School on Oct. 8.

Shelby Elaine Wade, of Kennard, was arrested and charged with second-degree felony sexual assault of a child. She was released from the Houston County Jail after she posted a bail amount of $20,000.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a HCSO investigator was notified about a possible sexual assault of a child that had occurred at Kennard High School. The Houston County Sheriff's Office received word that an ABM custodial contract employee was caught with her pants and underwear on the floor of a bathroom at the high school.

Further investigation revealed that a 15-year-old boy was also present in the bathroom when Wade was caught, the affidavit stated. After the HCSO investigator talked to Wade and the boy, they both allegedly confessed to having sexual intercourse.

However, the affidavit also stated that on Oct. 8, "no sexual encounters took place between the minor child and Wade" and that they had only taken off their clothes to expose their sexual organs before they were caught by a witness who contacted the Kennard ISD superintendent, law enforcement, and Child Protective Services.

According to the Texas penal codes, a child under the age of 17 cannot legally give consent to have sexual intercourse.

The day after Wade and the boy were allegedly caught in a bathroom at the high school, Kennard ISD Superintendent Richard Cooper issued a statement saying that the district had severed all ties with ABM Industries, its custodial contractor.

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

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."

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