A San Antonio educator from IDEA South Flores Academy is accused of sending inappropriate pictures and soliciting sex to a middle school student.
On Friday, 37-year-old Daniel Marcus Valdez was arrested in Alice. The Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department said he was in communication with an underage girl through SnapChat, a popular messaging app among teens.
Deputies said he drove from San Antonio to meet her in Alice at a home on the 1100 block of Woodworth Drive.
They said the girl's parents found their messages and contacted law enforcement for help. Deputies said when he showed up to the home, they arrested him.
He's charged with online solicitation of a minor.
"You expect them to treat them like your own kid, to actually watch out for them. But people are just sick these days," Mary Lee-Cervantes said.
Jim Wells County Sheriff Daniel Bueno urged parents to check their children's activity on social media. The sheriff's office said it's possible there could be other victims.
"Those phones are under your names as parents," Bueno said. "You have every right to look into the history of those phones."
IDEA Public Schools, the non-profit corporation that operates the academy, sent us a statement regarding Valdez:
"IDEA Public Schools is committed to ensuring the safety of our students on the road to and through college. Allegations have been made about an IDEA South Flores Academy employee. The employee is currently on administrative leave. IDEA Public Schools is cooperating fully with the investigation, and we have taken all appropriate actions in accordance with the law and network policy. As this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot comment any further. All questions should be directed to Jim Wells County."
Valdez was a teacher at South San ISD. The district confirmed he was an employee from 2006 to 2011 but did not say why he resigned.