A high school teacher in Plano Independent School District is being investigated for “inappropriate” criminal conduct with a student, making him the latest in a string of educators accused of behaving badly.
District officials said a former student recently notified them of “alleged criminal behavior” by teacher Michael Lloyd.
“Plano ISD does not condone nor will tolerate any employee who engages in the type of inappropriate, unethical and harmful behavior alleged in this instance,” according to a notice the district parents on Friday.
The incident allegedly occurred between 2005 and 2009.
Lloyd worked at Williams High School at the time, and more recently taught at McMillen High School.
The district said Lloyd was immediately placed on administrative leave and is now “no longer employed by Plano ISD.”
The notice also said the district opened an “ongoing investigation” and made “appropriate reports to law enforcement authorities and the State Board for Educator Certification.”
Lloyd’s Texas Educator Certificate is currently “valid.”
The Plano Police Department is investigating whether Lloyd may have other victims, and Plano ISD has an online portal for reporting anonymous tips.
Texas has seen a spike in investigations of educators accused of sex crimes against students.
Last month, New Caney ISD teacher and coach Samantha Cummings was arrested and charged with having an “improper relationship between an educator and a student“—a second-degree felony.
Also in January, Palestine High School band director Adrian Alonso was arrested and charged with conducting a two-year improper relationship with a student.
Last Saturday, Northwest ISD notified families that an unnamed Byron Nelson High School teacher who resigned in December after being accused of “inappropriate communication” with a student had been arrested by local police.
Police in Wichita Falls just arrested seven City View ISD administrators for failing to report sexual misconduct allegations as required by law.