Elementary school counselor used position to molest students: Cops

A Houston man who had worked as an elementary school counselor for eight years was arrested on suspicion of indecency with multiple students.

According to KHOU, 33-year-old Brandon Thomas McElveen was arrested Thursday in Victoria County, Texas. He currently faces three counts of indecency with a child while authorities investigate whether there have been other potential victims.

Houston police say McElveen began working at KIPP Explore Academy in 2009 and has been a counselor at the school since.

During that time, investigators note he “had access to multiple children.”

One of those children reportedly accused him of calling her out of class on multiple occasions to undergo what he said were screenings for lice and insect bites.

The 8-year-old girl reportedly took her clothes off for the exams, which took place in his office.

When the school learned of the allegations, it placed McElveen on leave and has since fired him.

The KIPP public charter school system released a statement acknowledging the situation.

“We are doing everything we can to support our students, family and staff, and to ensure all members of our KIPP community feel safe and secure,” the statement read.

Officials are asking parents of students who might have interacted with McElveen at the school to speak to them about any inappropriate contact. Anyone who suspects their child experienced such behavior are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

KTRK reported McElveen was arrested for the first of the three counts earlier this month and was released on $50,000 bond. He was arrested Thursday on the two additional counts.

As of the latest reports available, he remains in custody.

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