An administrator in Celina Independent School District is accused of soliciting a prostitute online.

Assistant Superintendent Russell McDaniel was charged with solicitation of prostitution, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail.

McDaniel was arrested by Dallas Police on November 2.

District officials notified families two weeks later—only after local media learned about the solicitation charges.

In a message to parents on November 16, Celina ISD Superintendent Todd Maglisceau called McDaniel’s arrest an “unfortunate” situation and said McDaniel is “no longer employed with our district.”

On Thursday, November 2, our district was made aware of the arrest of Russell McDaniel. He was immediately placed on administrative leave. After our investigation, it was determined this matter did not involve CISD students or staff, nor did the matter occur in our Celina community.

McDaniel joined Celina ISD in North Texas in 2016, starting as a principal before becoming an assistant superintendent. His wife is a teacher in the district.

Over the past 20 years, he also worked in multiple small East Texas school districts as a football coach and principal.

State records show McDaniel’s Texas educator certificate is valid, but he is under investigation by the Texas Education Agency.

Texas Scorecard has exposed dozens of state educators charged with sex crimes.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.