Ex-local kindergarten teacher accused of fondling student indicted

Leonardo Casias. (Jail photo)

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A retired Killeen kindergarten teacher accused of fondling a female student daily over the course of five months from August 2016 to January 2017 and giving her candy so she wouldn’t tell was indicted Wednesday for indecency with a child by contact.

Retired Peebles Elementary School teacher Leonardo Casias, 66, was arrested in late May in Poteet south of San Antonio on a warrant stemming from an investigation of the allegations of inappropriate conduct with the student during the 2016-2017 school year.

He remains in the Bell County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bond.

The arrest warrant was issued after an investigation that started in November 2018 when an 8-year-old girl made an outcry to another teacher at Peebles Elementary, an arrest warrant affidavit says.

During a forensic interview at the Children’s Advocacy Center, the girl said “Casias touched her vagina every day inside her underwear with her hand during the timeframe of late August 2016 until mid-January 2017” and “would give her candy so she would not tell,” the affidavit says.

The district “strongly condemns the behavior that has been alleged in this case,” the Killeen ISD said in a press release after the arrest.

“We are saddened and outraged by the alleged conduct by this former teacher and we remain committed to our students’ welfare,” the district said.

“We will continue to work closely with law enforcement officials in this matter, and if the allegations prove true, we will support the strongest possible legal action against this former employee.”