Thomas Lloyd Cannon

Thomas Lloyd Cannon

New details on a Killeen kindergarten teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student surfaced Monday, and according to a police affidavit, there could be more than one victim in the case.

The teacher, Thomas Lloyd Cannon, 41, was arrested on a rape charge Friday.

According to the Killeen Police Department affidavit, the victim is 6-year-old girl who said the teacher does “nasty things to me and my friend.”

The assault, which included intercourse, took place at Iduma Elementary School, according to the affidavit.

Cannon is now being held on $500,000 bond. However, Bell County Judge Claudia Brown set the initial bond at $50,000.

Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza requested it be increased to $500,000, and it was approved by 426th Judicial District Judge Fancy Jezek on Monday morning.

Cannon is in Bell County Jail, according to jail records.

Cannon was arrested Friday at 6:49 p.m., Killeen police said in a news release.

An investigation began Wednesday after the victim reported inappropriate physical contact.

Cannon was removed from the classroom at Iduma, sent home and barred from returning while the investigation continues, Killeen Independent School District 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.

According to KISD, this was the first time Cannon had been accused of such behavior.

The Herald sent additional questions to KISD on Monday, including how long Cannon has been a teacher at KISD, if he had prior complaints and if he is still employed by the district.

The district did not answer any of the questions, and referred them to the district attorney.

According to The Texas Tribune, in March, the Texas Senate approved a bill (Senate Bill 7)  that would punish school principals and superintendents who fail to report teachers with a history of inappropriate romantic or sexual relationships with students.

The Texas House approved the bill May 9. It is now awaiting the governor’s signature.

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