ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – An Ector County ISD Police officer has been arrested and the district has issued a statement Tuesday morning.
Officer David Rey Franco has been arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child, according to a probable cause affidavit.
ECISD says they were made aware of the allegations against the officer over the weekend and he was immediately suspended.
The affidavit states on Sept. 14, a report was made to the Odessa Police Department from a parent about her 14-year-old daughter.
The parent claims the teen was sexually assaulted by Franco and that she had discovered inappropriate text messages between the two, according to the affidavit.
Furthermore, the parent reported to police that she confronted Franco and he admitted to having a sexual encounter with the teen, the affidavit details.
Franco was later interviewed by police and reportedly admitted to the encounter.
The statement from ECISD reads:
“We are aware of the charge against one of our police officers and are cooperating with the Odessa Police Department as it conducts the investigation. We learned of the allegation over the weekend, and the officer was immediately suspended. He has now been terminated.
We will not tolerate this kind of behavior. We set very clear expectations for all of our staff members and expect all will build professional relationships for teaching, encouraging and inspiring kids. It is unacceptable for it to cross the line away from that professional standard. Parents trust us with their most valuable possessions, their children, and our goal will always be to maintain that trust by keeping them safe.
“We have incredible people in ECISD. This situation denigrates the hard work being done by thousands of others every day. We do not want to forget their work. At the same time, we want to assure our community we will help the police and the family in any way we can.”