Friday, October 19, 2012
Plano PE teacher arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with 9-year-old student
Reich had been warned by the principal to stay away from the child.
PLANO A Hunt Elementary School physical education teacher has been arrested amid allegations he engaged in sexual contact with one of his students.
Todd Allen Reich, 38, of Plano, was arrested Tuesday by Collin County Sheriff’s deputies for inappropriately touching the student, who was 9 years old at the time of the alleged abuse.
The charges stem from several alleged incidents that occurred at Hunt, a Plano ISD campus in the city of Murphy, between December 2009 and February 2010, according to Reich’s arrest warrant affidavit.
The coach began rubbing the victim’s back when she was in kindergarten, and he began moving his hand down to her “behind” while rubbing her back when she was in first grade, the affidavit reads.
Reich then began touching the victim’s breast in his office and in a classroom when the two were alone, according to the affidavit. The coach is also described in the affidavit as making the victim touch his “private area” through his clothing on multiple occasions and threatening to kill her, her parents, and her dog if she told any person about the abuse.
Reich was warned by a school principal to stay away from the student and have a third party nearby if contact was necessary, but Reich defied those instructions, the victim told investigators.
The accusations come little more than a year after the conviction of Joseph Garbarini, a Hunt Elementary kindergarten teacher who was accused in May 2010 of fondling one of his female students while changing a diaper. Garbarini was sentenced to 62 years in prison after being found guilty of the charges in August 2011.
The Collin County Sheriff’s Department declined to comment on the case. Messages left with Plano ISD and the school district’s attorney have not been returned.
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