A former officer at Edgewood Independent School District’s police department in Texas has been arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child after a 16-year-old student told authorities that she had sex with him on school grounds.
56-year-old Manuel Hernandez is now in Bexar County Jail after the 16-year-old girl came forward saying that she had sex with the school officer in December of last year when she was just 15 years old.
The allegations come after another Edgewood ISD employee, a 44-year-old science teacher named Marcus Revilla, was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child after admitting to having sex with and impregnating the same 16-year-old girl as Hernandez.
As of last week, the Texas Rangers have officially taken over the investigation from San Antonio police, and now, Edgewood ISD has released a statement condemning both former employees.
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"While investigating the incident involving the ex-Memorial High School teacher and his alleged relationship with a female student, Edgewood uncovered evidence that another staff member may have been involved with the same student from Memorial,” said the school in the statement. “Upon further investigation it was revealed that the second suspect is an ex-officer with the Edgewood Police Department. To avoid the appearance of bias or impropriety, Edgewood immediately reached out to the Texas Rangers, who have taken charge of this new facet of the investigation from its inception. Edgewood's dedication to student safety is absolute and the district wishes to assure the public that the actions of two individuals do not reflect the values of the overwhelming majority of EISD employees, whose commitment to the health and safety of its students is total. Let it be known that Edgewood will not tolerate conduct that violates employee-student boundaries; individuals who break that public trust will be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible."
Edgewood ISD went to say that they are providing support to the teenage victim and her family while the investigation continues.