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Leander, TX - Brandon Matthew Hopp, a Rouse High School Teacher and Coach, Charged with Child Sexual Abuse

Leander, TX - Brandon Matthew Hopp, a Rouse High School Teacher and Coach, Charged with Child Sexual Abuse
Published: March 8, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on March 8, 2024

Texas High School Teacher Arrested for Sexually Assaulting a Child

Accourding to Austin American-Statesman, a shocking development has emerged from Rouse High School, located at 1222 Raider Way, Leander, TX 78641. Brandon Matthew Hopp, a 27-year-old teacher and coach, was arrested on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, and charged with sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony. The arrest, confirmed by Williamson County Jail records and the Leander school district, has sent shockwaves through the community.

Hopp was taken into custody on Tuesday and subsequently released on a $25,000 bond on the same day, as per jail records. The arrest stemmed from an anonymous tip received by Leander police, suggesting a possible inappropriate relationship between Hopp and a female student.

According to a probable cause affidavit, video evidence from Feb. 15 captured the student leaving and reentering Hopp's classroom alone, raising concerns about their interactions. The student later disclosed to authorities that she had engaged in sexual activity with Hopp in the classroom on that day.

In response to these disturbing allegations, Rouse Principal Vincent Hawkins emphasized the school's commitment to addressing misconduct seriously and urged parents to report any instances of inappropriate behavior promptly.

The Leander school district took swift action by sending a letter to parents notifying them of Hopp's arrest and the serious charges he faces. Despite citing an ongoing investigation, the district refrained from disclosing further details in the letter.

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Empowering Victims of School Sexual Assault

In response to the rise in teacher arrests, survivors of school sexual assault should be aware of their legal rights. We sat down with local Texas child abuse lawyer, Marc Lenahan, Esq., to discuss the legal avenues available to victims of abuse by school teachers in civil cases. This conversation covered how victims can seek justice and hold accountable those responsible for such egregious acts through the guidance of a seasoned legal professional.

Editor Darla Medina (DM): Good afternoon, Mr. Lenahan. Thank you for taking the time to discuss this critical issue affecting our community. In light of the recent incident at Rouse High School, where a teacher stands accused of sexually assaulting a student, could you provide some insight into what victims of such abuse can do in terms of pursuing civil cases against those responsible?

Child Abuse Attorney Marc Lenahan, Esq. (ML): Thank you for having me, Darla. It's indeed a troubling situation that demands attention and action. Victims of abuse by school teachers and coaches have legal recourse through civil cases against liable parties, which can include the school district, administrators, and even individual perpetrators. These cases can lead to justice for the victims and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

DM: That's crucial information. Could you elaborate on the potential outcomes of such civil cases and how they can help victims in their recovery process?

ML: Certainly, Darla. Civil cases can provide victims with a platform to seek compensation for damages incurred due to the abuse, including emotional distress, medical expenses, and ongoing therapy or counseling needs. Additionally, these cases can bring about changes in policies and procedures within schools to prevent future incidents of abuse, ultimately contributing to a safer environment for all students.

DM: Thank you for highlighting the significance of seeking legal recourse in such sensitive matters. For individuals who may be hesitant or unsure about taking legal action, what advice would you offer to empower them to come forward and seek justice?

ML: It's understandable that victims may feel hesitant or overwhelmed by the prospect of legal action. My advice would be to reach out to a qualified attorney who specializes in child abuse cases to discuss their options confidentially. Legal professionals can provide guidance, support, and representation throughout the process, ensuring victims' voices are heard and their rights are protected.

DM: Thank you, Mr. Lenahan.

ML: It's been my pleasure, Darla. I'm committed to advocating for the rights of victims and ensuring that those responsible for such heinous acts are held accountable under the law.


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