Popular Kennedale mayor Bryan Lankhorst didn't draw a challenger in his bid for a fourth term, which he officially won on May 12.
Exactly one week later, he was out of office, having resigned amid an Arlington police investigation into his actions May 17 as a substitute teacher at Miller Elementary School. Several sixth-graders told administrators that Lankhorst, a real estate agent who has grandchildren, rubbed their back and shoulders and then moved his hand lower, making them feel uncomfortable. They also said he talked about the process of human reproduction -- a topic that the Arlington school district doesn't teach at any grade level -- and statistics on teen pregnancy.
The decision to issue citations was made the week after the incident, police spokeswoman Tiara Richard said Thursday. She declined to specify the number or type of charges, saying police are awaiting confirmation that Lankhorst's attorney, Mark Daniel of Fort Worth, had received them in the mail.
Two of the sixth-graders spoke with me on May 22 about their complaints against Lankhorst. Some of the information they provided turned out to be incorrect, including that Lankhorst administered a STARR exam to them (it was actually an end-of-year writing test) and that their regular teacher was subbing for the principal that day (the substitute principal was actually a veteran administrator with 25 years of experience).
They also said that after Lankhorst was informed of the complaints against him, he was allowed, visibly angry, back into their classroom, where he walked among the desks flicking a Swiss army knife open and closed and then went to his desk and had lunch.
That was not the case, district spokeswoman Amy Casas said.
"The substitute was informed of the accusations in private by the principal in her office," she said. "He was then asked to leave the campus, which he did so promptly."