Ex-Teacher Charged With Failure To Report Child Abuse

Dona Block (Jail photo)

BELTON (June 19, 2014) Dona Block, 49, of Belton, surrendered Thursday at the Bell County Jail and was later released on $5,000 bond after she was named in a misdemeanor warrant charging failure to report child abuse or neglect.

Block was a teacher at South Belton Middle School, according to an online district directory.

The district placed Block on administrative leave in March and she didn’t return to the school, a spokesman said.

She was on a one-year probationary contract, which was not renewed, the spokesman said.

The district also reported the issue to the State Board of Educator Certification, the spokesman said.

“We take any allegation of child abuse or neglect very seriously and expect every employee to do the same,” the district said in a statement Thursday.

The charge stems from the failure to report “that a child who was attending Belton ISD may have been the victim of abuse, neglect or sexual assault,” Lt. Donnie Adams said in a press release Thursday.

The charge stems from a sexual assault investigation that started in March after authorities learned that a 25-year-old Belton man had been involved in a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old Belton ISD student, Adams said.

No charges have yet been filed in that case, Adams said.