An Iduma Elementary School teacher is facing a first-degree felony and up to 99 years in state prison after being charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Thomas Lloyd Cannon, listed as a kindergarten teacher on the Killeen Independent School District website, was arrested Friday at 6:49 p.m., Killeen police said in a news release. Cannon was in the Killeen City Jail awaiting arraignment.

An investigation began Wednesday after a juvenile victim reported inappropriate physical contact.

Cannon was removed from a classroom, sent home, and barred from returning while the investigation continues, KISD Superintendent John Craft said in a separate news release.

Parents of students within the classroom were personally called, and an additional automated call notified all parents at the school of the incident, Craft said.

“The safety of our students is always our highest priority at Iduma Elementary and across KISD and we take their safety very seriously,” the release said. “We strongly condemn the alleged misconduct and will never allow any teacher or other KISD employee to behave inappropriately with students. If the allegations of misconduct in this case are true, we will support the strongest possible action against the teacher.”

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