Former Killeen ISD teacher arrested for injury to a disabled student

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US Marshals have arrested a 31-year-old Nolanville man after Killeen Special Victims Unit investigators completed a look into a child injury incident at a Killeen middle school.

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task force arrested Michael Joseph Duvall in the 600 block of North Main Tuesday without incident.

Killeen police got the case back on December 9, 2020 on a referral from Killeen ISD police officers.

School police had been notified that a few days earlier that one of the faculty members, a teacher, had been assaulting one of the students at Palo Alto Middle School.

Killeen Police spokesperson Ofelia Miramontez said detectives were able to determine that the suspect, identified as Michael Joseph Duvall, had ” intentionally and knowingly assaulted a disabled student, a 14-year-old male, with his hands.”

On April 27, a complaint was returned from the Bell County District Attorney’s Office charging Duvall with injury to a child/disabled with intent bodily injury.

Duvall was booked into the Bell County jail Tuesday with his bond set at $50,000.

Killeen ISD issued the following statement regarding the incident:

“Killeen ISD immediately investigated and took appropriate personnel action upon learning of the allegations against Mr. Duvall.  The district notified Child Protective Services, law enforcement, and the Texas Education Agency/State Board of Education Certification of the allegations. We will continue to work with local authorities to protect the safety of our students. Mr. Duvall worked at Palo Alto Middle School as a teacher and was promptly removed from the campus on December 3, 2020. Mr. Duvall is prohibited from entering all KISD properties.”

“Our priority is to maintain the safety of students and staff while ensuring the educational needs of students are being met on a daily basis.”

An arrest affidavit filed in support of the complaint against Duvall by the investigating officer stated that a witness reported personally observing the suspect strike the victim multiple times on his head and body.

The affidavit stated the witness also stated that she observed the suspect pinch the victim on pressure points on his body to the point where the victim would cry out and start to bang his head against the desk.

She said the victim would be required to stand facing the board without support for hours.

The affidavit stated that the victim is a non-verbal, epileptic, autistic 14-year-old child who wears a helmet to protect his brain and that the suspect was aware of the victim’s condition and disabilities.

The affidavit stated that on November 19, 2020 the witness was able to take a video of the suspect striking the victim in the torso as he was standing by the board.

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