Boone ES parents meet with police amid return of teacher accused of sex assault
Boone Elementary parents were able to ask Austin ISD Police questions Thursday regarding the return of a teacher accused of sex assault.
“I thought it was great,” said Angela Azarpour.
Azarpour has kept up with the news out of the reopened sex assault case at Boone. She was one of about 30 parents who attended Thursday’s meeting with Austin ISD Police, which was closed to media.
She said after the Travis County District Attorney determined there wasn’t enough evidence to charge the teacher, parents asked police where and how the 4-year-old was injured. Azarpour said police told parents it was an incident on a playground.
The district sent a letter home to parents informing them the accused teacher will be back at school on Monday.
One parent who said she worked closely with the teacher for several years said she was looking forward to her return. When asked if the teacher would ever do what she was accused of, the parent said, “Never, I’d stake my life on it.”
Another parent who didn’t want to go on camera said she was taking her child out of Boone because she wasn’t satisfied with AISD Police’s explanation. She said she asked police what factual evidence they had that the sex assault didn’t happen, and she said police told her the DA didn’t have sufficient evidence to charge the teacher.
“They did not present true evidence that it didn’t happen,” she said.
AISD confirmed the teacher accused of the sex assault was also accused of inappropriate touching later the same month. After the district investigated they determined the allegation didn’t involve the school or the staff.
AISD provided the following statement:
“We received an allegation of inappropriate touching of a child from the Austin Police Department on Feb. 23. Based on our investigation, we determined that the allegation did not involve the school or staff. We shared our results with CPS, who was running an investigation at the same time. The Austin ISD Police Department’s case is currently inactive. Because the case is being investigated by CPS, we are not able to provide any further details.”