PEÑITAS — School district police arrested a 60-year-old teacher accused of having sexual contact with an 18-year-old high school student.
Ruperto Salinas Villalon turned himself in to La Joya school district police Wednesday and was later arraigned in Peñitas Municipal Court on one count of improper relationship between an educator and a student, school district police Chief Raul Gonzalez said.
Police investigators responded Jan. 8 to the Palmview Accelerated Center at Palmview High School after a complaint regarding an improper “incident” that had taken place at the school between Villalon and an 18-year-old female student, Gonzalez said.
Details of the actions between Villalon and the victim were not released by police.
Peñitas Municipal Court officials and Gonzalez refused to disclose the criminal complaint that details the case Thursday afternoon.
Villalon, who has been certified as a teacher in Texas since 1974, was placed on administrative leave while police continue an investigation into the alleged illicit affair.
“At this point we have not received any information to indicate that there are other victims,” Gonzalez said.
Texas Education Agency records show Villalon was most recently certified as a Spanish teacher for students between grades six and 12.
While the police chief would not reveal the nature of what transpired between Villalon and the student, the criminal charge lodged against the teacher is defined as engaging in sexual conduct, sexual intercourse or deviate sexual intercourse with a person enrolled in a primary or secondary school where the suspect works.
Improper relationship between an educator and student is a second-degree felony punishable upon conviction by between two and 20 years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine.
Villalon posted a $5,000 bond and was released Thursday afternoon from the Hidalgo County Jail.
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