• July 24, 2014

Ex-Salado teacher in Bell jail

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Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014 4:30 am

TEMPLE — Marcos Rene Garcia, 27, who recently resigned from his positions as a Salado Independent School District coach and teacher, was in Bell County Jail on Wednesday.

Garcia is charged with having an improper relationship with a student, a second-degree felony offense.

His bond was set at $35,000, according to jail records.

Garcia, in his first year at Salado, taught math and coached football and power-lifting, said Michael Novotny, Salado ISD superintendent.

Garcia was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor for four years before coming to Salado, Novotny said.

Novotny said he became aware of the allegations when he was told of a report made by a parent.

The student was called in for a conference, after which Novotny called in the principals, Salado Police Department and Garcia.

Garcia chose to resign after that meeting when Novotny told him he was probably going to be fired.

“I am deeply sorry for all the wrongs and inconveniences I have brought upon my employees and the people who have hired me and put trust in me,” Garcia wrote in his resignation letter.

Salado ISD staff will undergo future training to serve as a reminder of their obligations as Salado ISD employees.

That training will include the use or misuse of social media, text messages, Facebook, Twitter and other resources, Novotny said. Novotny said he reported the charge against Garcia to Child Protective Services and to the State Board of Educator Certification.

A complaint was filed Friday against Garcia, and a warrant was issued Tuesday for his arrest, said Henry Garza, Bell County district attorney.

Chuck Cox, Bell County deputy chief, said Wednesday he didn’t know if Garcia turned himself in or if an arrest warrant was served on him.

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