ALVIN, TX—A teacher who also is a volunteer police officer has been charged with indecency with a child.
David Eugene Romano, 50, works as a teacher at Alvin High School and a reserve unpaid police officer for Hilcrest Village Police Department in Alvin. Additionally, he is a scuba instructor at Dave’s Scuba Adventure, also in Alvin.
Romano has been charged with indecency with a child by contact, and is accused of engaging in sexual contact with the child on more than one occasion. His bond has been set at $100,000.
Authorities are keeping the identity of the child confidential.
Alvin ISD released a statement on Facebook:
My name is Daniel Combs and I serve as an administrator for Alvin ISD.
Below you will find a statement from the District regarding the arrest of an AHS teacher this afternoon.
Alvin ISD Statement (1/30/2017)
On the afternoon of January 25th, two Brazoria County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at Alvin High School. The Deputies indicated that they were conducting an active investigation of the Alvin High School Culinary Arts Teacher. The allegations and subsequent investigation were based on an inappropriate relationship with a child.
The individual was immediately placed on administrative leave and not permitted to have interaction with students. Alvin ISD officials immediately contacted Child Protective Services, notified the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) and continued to support law enforcement through their investigation.
On January 30, 2017, the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department obtained a warrant to arrest the individual on charges of Indecency with a Child and is being held on a $100,000 bond. The incident that was the basis of the allegations and arrest did not involve a child that attends Alvin High School or a child that was under his direction in any professional capacity.
Alvin ISD Superintendent, Dr. Buck Gilcrease expressed, “I’m deeply saddened and disgusted that someone entrusted to serve the children of our community would violate this trust. I personally, along with all resources available to Alvin ISD, will do everything possible to assist with the legal investigation. Alvin ISD is in contact with our attorney regarding the formal termination of this individual. Our Board of Trustees has called a special meeting specifically for this purpose.”
Parents place a great deal of trust in our District. Although this alleged behavior was not related to the individual’s professional capacity, Alvin ISD will take all available actions to ensure the children of our community are protected.
Parents and students that have concerns following this notice are encouraged to share those with administrators or counselors at their child’s campus or by calling Alvin ISD administration at (281)388-1130. If you have information regarding the investigation, please contact:
The Alvin ISD Police Department
Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department