WEST, Texas (KWTX) – An affidavit for warrant of arrest and detention states former West Independent School District teacher Andrew White, 33, had several inappropriate encounters with a student at West High School, including an incident when White allegedly fondled a student.
McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara on Monday confirmed to KWTX White is the former teacher arrested by West Police officers on Thursday, September 30. The school district did not originally identify White as the teacher because he had not yet been indicted by a Grand Jury.
In its news release, the school district said the teacher was accused of sending a student “inappropriate electronic communications via a social media platform,” and had already been “removed from duty” at West Middle/High School at the time of his arrest.
Online jail records revealed White is facing multiple charges, including improper relationship between educator and student, sexual assault of a child, and indecency with a child.
District officials learned of the allegations on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 and reported the information to law enforcement and Child Protective Services (CPS). “Through student interviews, other serious allegations materialized,” the school district said.
The affidavit filed against White states a student came forward and told her principal and a West Police officer she had several inappropriate encounters with White in between November 2020 and the spring of 2021.
“The student advised that White started out with letters and poems that made her uncomfortable,” the affidavit states.
The student further claimed the inappropriate behavior escalated on a day when White pulled her into a storage room, exposed himself, fondled her, and forced her to touch him, the affidavit states.
West ISD encourages all parents, guardians, and caregivers to speak with their children about appropriate relationships with adults, and to report any suspicious or concerning behavior immediately.
Written by KWTX Staff