John Gates (Jail photo)
HEWITT (February 21, 2013)--A former Midway ISD elementary school teacher was named in multiple indictments Wednesday that charge him with sex crimes against children.
John David Gates, 60, was named in indictments charging continuous sexual abuse of a child, aggravated sexual assault of a child and three counts of indecency with a child by contact.
Gates was arrested on two counts of indecency with a child in December 2012 but posted bond and was released.
A subsequent investigation led prosecutors to present additional charges to the grand jury, which resulted in the expanded indictment.
Hewitt police say Gates, who was a fourth grade teacher at Hewitt Elementary School, was involved in incidents which investigators say occurred on Dendron Drive in Hewitt between June 2003 and June 2009, and were not school related and did not involve any of his students.
In an arrest affidavit signed by McLennan County Justice of the Peace Pat Richardson a Hewitt police detective says he was made aware of the allegations against Gates when a female victim came forward and reported that a man had been inappropriately touching her since she was about 5 or 6 years old.
The affidavit says the man touched her inside her clothing while he read her bedtime stories.
The affidavit says the victim reported the events happened several times until she was 10 or 11.
The school district prepared a letter to be sent home to parents making it clear that the alleged incidents from which the charges stem "occurred outside the scope of John Gates employment with the district and did not involve any students under his supervision."
In that letter, it states, "Due to the nature of the allegations, Mr. Gates has not been in the classroom since October 9, (2012)."