HOUSTON - A kindergarten teacher touched a 5-year-old girl’s private parts in the classroom, according to court documents.
David Salisbury, 60, faces one charge of felony indecency with a child. He bonded out jail.
In September, a 5-year-old claimed Salisbury inappropriately touched her, according to a probable cause statement. The girl told investigators she was in Salisbury’s class feeling sleepy and sad. So while her classmates watched a video on vocabulary and syllables, she went to the “library” behind Salisbury’s desk in a corner where there are dolls, books and pillows. She said the teacher then touched her private parts, the document said.
Houston Independent School District police investigated the matter. Prosecutors charged Salisbury Friday.
Parents received letters explaining the arrest Monday after school. One stunned mom told KHOU 11 News Salisbury was her daughter’s favorite teacher.
“He was a very patient teacher,” Irma Hernandez said. “He was a very patient teacher with them. He respect(ed) the kids and he respect(ed) the parents. So I can’t believe it. I just pray to God everything work(s) out for him because I can’t believe it.”
HISD released the following statement:
“The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has accepted criminal charges against a kindergarten teacher previously assigned to Berry Elementary School following an HISD Police investigation into reports that he engaged in inappropriate conduct with a student.
“The teacher – David Salisbury – was arrested after a criminal warrant was issued Friday.
“The allegation was first reported to school officials in September at which time the teacher was removed from the classroom and an internal investigation begun. The administration also notified HISD and CPS of the conduct. Police then presented their findings to the Harris County District Attorney, who accepted criminal charges.
“HISD takes situations such as this very seriously, as the safety of students is always the district’s top priority.”