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Former Teacher Indicted by Grand Jury

Holly Lopez, 32 and a former special education teacher at Lexington Middle School, was indicted by the Travis County Grand Jury on Tuesday, April 24, on seven charges regarding sexual misconduct with a child: two for aggravated sexual assault of a child, two for indecency with a child by contact, two for indecency with a child by exposure and one for improper relationship between educator and student.

 

As reported in the Leader on March 22, 2012, Lopez was arrested by Pflugerville Police Department at her residence on March 15.

 

On February 28, 2012 the Pflugerville Police Department received information that Lopez had an improper relationship with two male students, ages 14 and 13.

Lexington ISD Police Chief David Mohr had received an outcry statement from one of the victims after the victim requested his assistance in stopping Lopez from texting him repeatedly. Interviews were conducted on both victims and other persons who possibly had knowledge of the incident.

 

The investigation revealed that on February 11, 2012 Lopez contacted one of the victims via text message. She then drove to a residence in Pflugerville where both victims were staying. Lopez arrived with condoms and engaged both victims in sexual intercourse.

 

During the course of the investigation, approximately 1100 text messages were also documented that detailed conversations between Lopez and the victim before and after the incident.

 

After the incident, Lopez resigned from her position with Lexington I.S.D. Warrants were issued for her on March 14, 2012 for two charges, Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student - 2nd Degree Felony— Bond $ 50,000, and Aggravated Sexual Assault—1st Degree Felony—Bond $50,000. Lopez was booked in Travis County.

 

Superintendent of Schools at LISD, Dr. Frances McArthur, said, “At present, there is no information to suggest that any other students were involved, nor that any of the improper conduct occurred on campus.”

 

Lopez’s next court date is May 17, 2012 in Travis County.

 

 

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