KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) The results of a polygraph test clear suspended Palo Alto Middle School teacher David House, 51, of allegations he fondled a female student’s breast, the educator’s attorney, Rick Davis of Bryan said Thursday in a press release.
Killeen school officials announced on Oct. 13 that the veteran eighth grade science teacher had been placed on administrative leave and barred from Killeen ISD schools “after an allegation by students of inappropriate conduct by the teacher.”
The district did not say what the conduct involved, but the press release issued Thursday says he was accused of fondling the student on Oct. 11.
The district did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on the test results.
Davis, however, questioned the timing of the accusation.
“We think the timing of the false allegation is telling,“ he said.
“The allegation was made at the end of the first nine week grading period after Mr. House had been contacting some students’ parents about deficient performance and unsatisfactory conduct in the classroom,” he said.
“Mr. House is a dedicated educator with an exemplary reputation,” he said.
“We hope that he is soon permitted to get back to the vocation that he loves, teaching young people.”
The district said on Oct. 13 that it notified both Child Protective Services and the Killeen Police Department about the accusations.
A police spokeswoman confirmed the time that the department was investigating the allegations, but provided no further details.
Davis says House has cooperated with the district and police since the beginning of the investigation and would be willing to submit to a second polygraph examination conducted by an examiner chosen by the Killeen ISD.
House is also willing “to submit to a psycho-sexual evaluation to provide that he has no sexual attraction to children,” the press release said
House is a graduate of Concordia Lutheran College in Austin and has a master’s degree in education administration from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, according to a biography on the school’s website.
He has spent 30 years as an educator, 19 of them in middle schools, and has worked not only as a teacher, but also as a campus instructional specialist, an assistant principal and a principal, the biography says.