Officers arrested a physical education teacher at Enrique Camarena Elementary School last week after a student accused him of sexual assault.
The La Joya Independent School District Police Department arrested Ricardo Garza, 38, of Mission on March 24.
A 7-year-old student accused Garza of sexually assaulting her in January, when her physical education class gathered in the gym to watch a movie, according to the criminal complaint against him. After the student accused Garza of sexual assault, she met with a forensic interviewer at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Mission.
Garza is charged with indecency with a child-sexual contact, a second-degree felony. Justice of the Peace J.J. Peña set bond at $75,000.
After his arrest, La Joya ISD placed Garza on administrative leave with pay.
“We are aware of the incident that has occurred at Camarena Elementary by one of our Physical Education Teachers. Employee was charged and arrested,” according to a statement released by La Joya ISD. “Proper notifications to affected parties and agencies have been made. This is an ongoing investigation and we will not be able to provide further details.”
Attorney Al Alvarez of McAllen, who represents Garza, declined to comment.