KISD teacher charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child

A Killeen ISD kindergarten teacher was arrested Friday evening and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, according to Killeen Police.

Thomas Cannon, who teaches at Iduma Elementary School, is accused of inappropriate physical contact with a student, who reported the alleged incident, police said. Police investigators said they were made aware of the allegations on Wednesday and opened a case.

On Friday, the case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney's Office, and Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown issued a warrant for Cannon's arrest, which was served at 6:49 p.m. Cannon was taken to the Killeen City Jail to be arraigned Friday night, police said.

Cannon remained in the Bell County Jail Monday on a $500,000 bond.

"As soon as we learned of the allegations, we removed the teacher from the school and he was sent home," Principal Katy Bohannon wrote in the message to parents. "We will continue to work in full cooperation with Killeen Police, and we will aid in the investigation however necessary."

Bohannon said school administrators made personal telephone calls to the parents of other students in the classroom, in addition to sending the email to the whole school.

"The safety of our students is always our highest priority at Iduma Elementary and across KISD and we take their safety very seriously," Bohannon said. "We strongly condemn the alleged misconduct and will never allow any teacher or other KISD employee to behave inappropriately with students. If the allegations of misconduct in this case are true, we will support the strongest possible action against the teacher."

On Cannon's teacher website, a message from him reads "Thank you for trusting me with your children's future. I hope that I can help them shine a little brighter than when they first walked into my room."

Killeen Superintendent John Craft released a statement Friday night. Here is the entire thing:

Killeen ISD removed a teacher at Iduma Elementary School from the classroom and has prohibited him from returning to the school while the district works closely with Killeen Police on an investigation of alleged misconduct by the teacher.
As soon as we learned of the allegations we removed the teacher from the school and he was sent home. We will continue to work in full cooperation with Killeen Police and we will aid in the investigation however necessary.
We have made personal telephone calls to the parents of the other students in that classroom so that everyone has this important information. A campus-wide automated call was also made this evening notifying all Iduma Elementary School parents of the investigation.
The safety of our students is always our highest priority at Iduma Elementary and across KISD and we take their safety very seriously. We strongly condemn the alleged misconduct and will never allow any teacher or other KISD employee to behave inappropriately with students. If the allegations of misconduct in this case are true, we will support the strongest possible action against the teacher.
The district would like to thank the Killeen Police Department, the Bell County District Attorney’s Office, the Iduma parents and students, Bell County Sherriff’s Department and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Central Texas for their assistance and support with this matter. 

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