Alpine ISD, law enforcement hold open meeting on teacher's arrest

Parents were allowed to ask questions regarding the arrest

ALPINE, Texas (Local 2/Fox 24) - Eric Morales is now sitting at the Brewster County Jail, after being arrested for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student.

"Mr.Morales was our elementary music teacher. so that would be pre-k through fourth grade," says Becky Watley, the superintendent at Alpine ISD. "He was also an assistant band director, working with middle school and high school students."

After working in the district for the past four years, Morales was arrested Tuesday morning by law enforcement.

"The information we got right now came from the parents. The mother had found some material, and turned it over to police. That's how we came involved," says Sheriff Ronny Dodson of Brewster County.

Tuesday evening the district along with the sheriff's office held a meeting with parents to answer questions.

"We just felt like the parents needed to know. They were obviously concerned," says Watley. "They want to make sure their child is safe, and we want to make sure that every child is safe."

Sheriff Dodson emphasized when problems like these occur, they have to be forthcoming with the public.

"If you hold this back two or three weeks and then it comes out, that is not good for any body," says Dodson.

At this time, Morales bond is set at $30 thousand. The alleged inappropriate relationship is considered a second degree felony.

"He can do two to 20 years on something like this," says Dodson. "They say they fall in love , but you know a grown man doesn't fall in love with a young child. That's just not right."

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A Alpine ISD employee was arrested on Tuesday morning, according to the Brewster County Sheriff's Office. 

Eric Morales was arrested and charged with improper relationship between and educator and a student, the release reads. 

While details on the case are limited, Alpine ISD issued a statement on Tuesday saying: 

"Alpine ISD has been notified that an employee has been arrested by the Brewster County Sheriff’s Office. Alpine ISD does not condone any type of illegal behavior by our employees. The employee has been placed on administrative leave.

We will continue to cooperate with all law enforcement investigations. This is a personnel issue and an ongoing investigation, so no further information will be released at this time."


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