Hays County—A Hays Consolidated Independent School District employee has been arrested and accused of having an improper relationship with a student.

Danielle Dunn, 32, who worked as a clerk at Hays High School, is facing felony charges of improper relationship with a student and child grooming following an investigation by the Kyle Police Department (KPD). 

According to a joint press release by KPD and Hays CISD, the district received notice of allegations that a paraprofessional, identified as Dunn, may have been involved in an improper relationship with a 17-year-old student at the high school. 

The district reported the information to KPD and Child Protective Services. KPD immediately launched an investigation, which led to a warrant being issued for Dunn on Tuesday. 

Dunn turned herself in on Thursday and was booked into the Hays County Jail with two $5,000 surety bonds. She was released the same day. 

According to Hays CISD, Dunn had worked for the district since August 22, 2023 and underwent extensive fingerprinting and an active-monitoring background check before being cleared for work. 

After the district reviewed all of the information and evidence and consulted with law enforcement, Dunn was terminated from her position on Monday before she could return to work.

In a press release obtained by Texas Scorecard, the district says Hays CISD will continue to prioritize having a strong partnership with law enforcement to protect its students. 

School district employees are placed in positions of tremendous trust and responsibility. Violating this trust is abhorrent and intolerable. Hays CISD maintains the highest possible screening and hiring safeguards, urgency in response to serious allegations, and the strongest partnerships with law enforcement to protect students. The district appreciates the Kyle Police Department for its unfailing and continual commitment to prioritizing the safety of Hays CISD students.

State records show Dunn’s teaching certificate is still valid and expires in August 2025. 

Texas Scorecard has exposed dozens of educators charged with sex crimes, with more being charged almost daily.

Emily Medeiros

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