Two former Killeen ISD teachers were arrested in a prostitution sting in Bell County on Nov. 8, the Bell County Sheriff's Office confirmed Tuesday.
Terrance Hockless, a former music teacher, and Aaron Daub, a former career builder teacher, were both charged with prostitution -- along with eight other individuals who were also arrested in the bust, according to BCSO Major T.J. Cruz.
Both teachers resigned last week before the district could fire them, KISD Chief Communications Officer Terry Abbott said.
Daub had been employed by KISD since January 2, 2001 and held roles at Killeen High School, Harker Heights High School and ultimately the KISD Career Center, according to the district. Hockless was a first-year music teacher at Bellaire Elementary School, Abbott explained.
Both teachers have since been removed from the district's website.
"We won’t have an additional statement on this since the incidents did not involve our schools or our students," Abbott wrote in an email.
The 10-hour Bell County sting operation was executed at a hotel in Harker Heights. An undercover deputy text messaged potential buyers, who were then taken into custody at the hotel, according to Cruz. Most of those arrested lived in Bell County, but one was from McLennan County and another was from Coryell County, investigators said. None of the people arrested were members of the military. They have all since been released on bond.
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Only one of the 10 people arrested had a known prior offense. The Bell County Sheriff's Office identified that individual as Steven Yale, who was arrested in 1985 and was sentenced to 45 years in prison for distributing narcotics, Cruz said. Yale was released on parole in April.
Back on Oct. 13, Bell County Sheriff's detectives and an undercover deputy aided the Travis County Sheriff's Office in the arrests of 17 more people in Travis County -- as part of a continued anti-prostitution effort by both counties. In the Travis County bust, some of the 17 individuals were suspected of trying to meet with minors for sex, Cruz said. To be clear, that was not the case for the two KISD teachers arrested in the unrelated hotel bust in Harker Heights, authorities said.
The Bell County Sheriff's Office also said it was currently involved in yet another investigation -- this time a juvenile sex trafficking investigation with the FBI. No details about that latest investigation were released Tuesday.
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