UPDATED July 29.
Police have arrested another possible pedophile who taught in North Texas schools, after a teacher was accused of sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl.
Now-former elementary school teacher Victor Moreno, 28, was arrested last week and charged with continuous sexual abuse of a young child, a first-degree felony, and an improper relationship between a student and educator, a second-degree felony.
The victim was a student in Moreno’s second-grade class in Irving Independent School District at the time of the alleged assault.
Officer Robert Reeves, a spokesman for the Irving Police Department, said in a press conference Thursday the alleged abuse happened during the 2020-2021 school year while Moreno was teaching at Townsell Elementary School in Irving.
Reeves said a third party reported the incident in March of 2022. Irving police then investigated to identify the victim and perpetrator. They tracked down Moreno and arrested him on July 21.
Moreno had resigned from Irving ISD at the end of the 2021 after he failed to meet his teacher certification requirements.
He was hired by Plano Independent School District to teach at Barron Elementary in the 2021-2022 school year, but was fired for a “code of conduct violation.”
Moreno is free on a $15,000 bond set by Dallas County.
The State Board for Educator Certification shows Moreno’s Texas Educator Certificate is “Valid” but notes “This individual is currently under review by the TEA Educator Investigations Division.”
Moreno is not listed in the state’s “Do Not Hire Registry.”
Reeves said Moreno may have victimized other students in Irving and Plano.
He urged parents in both districts to talk with their children and contact the Irving or Plano Police Department if they believe their child may have been a victim of sexual abuse by their teacher.