Killeen Police report a retired kindergarten teacher from Peebles Elementary School allegedly engaged in inappropriate conduct with a student during the 2016-17 school year.
Through the investigation, detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division’s Special Victims Unit discovered a juvenile victim disclosed that Leonardo Casias had inappropriate physical contact with the student.
This case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and on Tuesday, May 28, a complaint was returned charging Casias with Indecency with a Child Sexual Contact.
Justice of the Peace Clifford Coleman issued a warrant for his arrest and on Thursday, May 30, Casias was arrested by the Poteet Police Department and was transported to the Atascosa County Jail.
The Bell County District Attorney’s Office, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Central Texas, Killeen Independent School District, KISD Police Department, Poteet Police Department and the family all assisted with this investigation.
Late Thursday night, the Killeen Independent School District released this statement:
The district has learned of the arrest of former employee Mr. Casias. The district is unable to provide further information pertaining to the matter involving Leonard Casias. The Killeen Independent School District strongly condemns the behavior that has been alleged in this case. We are saddened and outraged by the alleged conduct by this former teacher and we remain committed to our students’ welfare. We will continue to work closely with law enforcement officials in this matter, and if the allegations prove true, we will support the strongest possible legal action against this former employee. “