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Midway ISD school teacher arrested for Indecency with a child


A longtime Midway ISD employee was behind bars Thursday charged with two counts of Indecency with a Child, a second degree felony.

John David Gates, 60, taught 4th grade at Hewitt Elementary School. Midway ISD spokesman Traci Marlin said Gates had been with the district since August, 1997.

Hewitt Police arrested Gates at 7:00 a.m. Thursday, and he was booked in to the McLennan County Jail.

According to an arrest affidavit from Hewitt Police, a detective received a CPS referral about an outcry of sexual abuse made by a young girl. After speaking with the girl's mother, a forensic interview was scheduled at the Children's Advocacy Center.

The victim said Gates touched her inappropriately. The affidavit said the victim told the forensic interviewer the abuse happened several times over the years.

Hewitt Police said in a release that the incident took place between June 2003 and June 2009.  An investigation into claims made against Gates showed the allegations took place outside of Midway ISD and did not involve any students under Gates' supervision.

John David Gates' bond had not been set as of 9:30 Thursday morning.

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