LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Livingston Police Department arrested the head of Livingston ISD's ROTC program Wednesday in connection to allegations that he was having an improper sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student.
"Polk County Sheriff's Office received information or a tip from CPS that an employee of LISD was having inappropriate relations, or contact with a 14-year-old student," said Lt. Matt Parrish, with the Livingston Police Department.
Herbert Nelson Lloyd, 58, of Livingston, is still being held in the Polk County Jail on a second-degree felony indecency with a child by sexual conduct charge and according to police these allegations date back to January and occurred on more than one campus.
"After physical evidence and further interview with the victim, we were able to determine that the assault actually occurred at more than one campus," Parrish said. "The junior high and high school campuses."
The agencies working together on the matter promptly sent out a press release explaining how the investigation was initially conducted.
"On July 6th, 2016 a forensic interview of the 14-year old-student was conducted at our local Children's Advocacy Center," the press release stated.
"We executed a warrant arrest and searched his residence where we found additional physical evidence that supported the accusations against him," Parrish said.
East Texas News reached out to the director of communications at Livingston ISD for a comment, but she said they could not give any additional information than what was already stated in the press release.
The release in part reads, "Because this is a matter involving school personal, the district cannot comment on the details of the investigation."
According to the Livingston Police Department press release, officers were contacted by the Polk County Sheriff's Office about a tip they had gotten about a Livingston Independent School District employee that alleged Herbert, the head of the district's Reserve Officer Training Corps program, who has been with the school for several years.
"It's a very sensitive investigation due to the age of the victim, and we felt like we needed to move very quickly on the allegations which I felt we did," Parrish said.
Later that day, Livingston PD detectives presented an affidavit to Judge Mack Coats, who issued an indecency with a child warrant for Lloyd's arrest.
At about 5 p.m. on June 6, Livingston PD officers and PCSO deputies went to Lloyd's residence and took him into custody. He was taken to the county jail.
According to the press release, the investigation is still ongoing, and more charges could be pending. Lloyd's bail amount has been set at $500,000.
If you have any additional information concerning this investigation you are asked to contact the Livingston Police Department.