A former teacher’s aide at Gateway High School, a Killeen ISD school, is being accused of having an improper relationship with a student.
According to a statement released by the Killeen Police Department on Tuesday afternoon, police received information that 37-year-old Louisa Theresa Hernandez allegedly engaged in an improper relationship with a male student.
As a result, she was arrested on Tuesday and charged with improper relationship between educator and student.
John Craft, the superintendent of Killeen Independent School District, held a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.
“We take student and staff safety incredibly serious throughout the school district,” Craft said.
Craft said the employee was terminated in September 2019 and that the allegations the district investigated happened after the teacher’s aide was hired back by the school district in January 2019.
Hernandez was first hired in 2017 as an aide but left briefly before returning in January 2019, said Taina Maya, the district’s chief communications and marketing officer.
The student at Gateway High School is 17 years old, Maya said.
“Through an investigation, detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Special Victims Unit, discovered Hernandez had an improper relationship with the student during the 2018-2019 school year. This case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and on Monday, December 9, 2019, a complaint was returned … Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke issued a warrant for her arrest,” said KPD spokesperson Ofelia Miramontez in the statement. “Hernandez was arrested and transported to the Killeen City Jail.”
Maya said in a news release Tuesday that the district “has been made aware that Killeen police are investigating a former Gateway High School aide for having an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student.”
“Upon learning of the allegations, Louisa Theresa Hernandez was immediately suspended, and the district began investigating the alleged misconduct,” Maya said in the statement. “The employee has since been terminated and the district will assist in the police investigation going forward.”
In a separate case, James Harper, a former Harker Heights High School teacher, was arraigned last week on a charge of indecency with a child sexual contact. He was fired by the district. In Harper’s case the charges did not involve a KISD student and the alleged criminal activity did not occur at a KISD school, according to Maya.