A teacher with the Princeton Independent School District has been arrested on a charge of sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony.
Matthew Pappas, 30, is an 8th math grade teacher at Clark Jr. High School who moved to McKinney after graduating from Ohio State University in 2004, according to his web page on the district's website.
Pappas, who is married, was arrested shortly after midnight Wednesday by McKinney police and booked into the Collin County Detention Center. He was released after posting $100,000 bond.
In a statement released Thursday morning, the district said Pappas has been placed on leave and that the alleged incident did not occur on school property and did not involve a student in the Princeton district. Thursday afternoon, McKinney police clarified the district's earlier statement and said the victim was a student in the Princeton district, but that the alleged offense occurred in McKinney.
Philip Anthony, superintendent of schools for the Princeton ISD, released the following statement after learning of Pappas' arrest:
"The safety of our students is our top priority. The District will fully cooperate with law enforcement as it investigates the charges."
A letter outlining the teacher's arrest was sent to parents of students in the district.