Arlington police arrested Brandon McDaniel, a Sam Houston High School teacher, this morning.
McDaniel has been on administrative leave since Feb. 8 on suspicion of inappropriate conduct with a female student, said Amy Casas, spokeswoman for the Arlington school district.
This is not the first time McDaniel has been accused. He was investigated in 2009, "but none of the claims could be substantiated at that time," Casas said.
McDaniel, who has worked for the district since August 1999, chaired the English department and taught IB English and theory of knowledge.
Here's what Arlington police are saying:
The Arlington Police Department is investigating an inappropriate relationship between an Arlington teacher and two female students. On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, Arlington Police Officers arrested Brandon Ashley McDaniel as part of that investigation. He is being held at the Arlington City Jail on two charges of improper relationship between an educator and student. Bail is set at $20,000.
An anonymous tip initiated the investigation into McDaniel, 36 of Arlington. In November, McDaniel drove a female student to Austin for a day trip, according to information gathered during the investigation. The victim told Arlington Police that what began as a teacher-student relationship evolved into a consensual sexual relationship.
A second victim was discovered during the course of this investigation. She told detectives that McDaniel and she had sexual contact in his classroom at Sam Houston High School. Both victims were 18-years-old. However, it is a criminal offense for teachers to have a sexual relationship with a student, regardless of age. Improper relationship between an educator and student is a second-degree felony.
If anyone has information about this case or similar situations involving this McDaniel is asked to call Arlington Police Detective Angie Franco at 817 459-5352, or submit an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers at (817) 469-TIPS (8477). All tipsters remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward up to $1,000.
-Patrick M. Walker