A woman who teaches physical education at Grapeland Elementary School and coaches softball at Grapeland High School was arrested on February 12 for allegedly sexually assaulting a student. 24-year-old Kaylee Carrol Parker faces charges of sexual assault and having an improper relationship with a student.
Parker was booked at the Houston County Jail on February 12 and released the next day on bonds totaling $20,000.
She started teaching for the Grapeland Independent School District this school year. She resigned on the day of her arrest.
Grapeland ISD superintendent Don Jackson has encouraged parents to notify a campus or district administrator if they believe there student may have been a victim of inappropriate conduct involving Parker or any other employee.
Parker is the second Grapeland teacher arrested for child sex abuse in the past year. In May, 46-year-old Grapeland Elementary School math teacher Melissa Singer was indicted for allegedly sexually abusing a child under 14.
Attorney Marc Lenahan helps hold sexual predators accountable for their crimes and directly represents sex abuse victims and their families in civil lawsuits. We've asked Marc to share some of his knowledge on the legal rights of school coach sex abuse victims and their families:
In education and other fields that involve working with children, it's extremely important to make sure those children are safe. Teachers, coaches, and other school employees are trusted to work with kids, but not all school employees are trustworthy. Sadly, our education system has serious problems with students becoming victims of sexual abuse by employees.
A criminal investigation is crucial anytime a school coach is accused of sexual abuse. Additionally, it's important to ask if school officials did everything they could to prevent the abuse. Some of these tragedies only happen due to negligence by the school district. In these cases, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school district.
If you or your child is a victim of sexual abuse by a school employee, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our dedicated sex abuse victims lawyers.