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Hunt teacher arrested for alleged sexual contact
A Hunt Elementary School physical education teacher has been arrested amid allegations he engaged in sexual contact with one of his students.
Todd Allen Reich, 38, of Plano, was arrested Tuesday by Collin County Sheriff's deputies for inappropriately touching the student, who was 9 years old at the time of the alleged abuse.
The charges stem from several alleged incidents that occurred at Hunt, a Plano ISD campus in the city of Murphy, between December 2009 and February 2010, according to Reich's arrest warrant affidavit.
The coach began rubbing the victim's back when she was in kindergarten, and he began moving his hand down to her "behind" while rubbing her back when she was in first grade, according to the affidavit.
Reich then began touching the victim's breast in his office and in a classroom when the two were alone, the affidavit reads. The coach is also described in the affidavit as making the victim touch his "private area" through his clothing on multiple occasions and threatening to kill her, her parents and her dog if she told any person about the abuse.
Reich was warned by the former school principal to stay away from the student and have a third party nearby if contact was necessary, but Reich defied those instructions, the affidavit reads.
According to a Q&A document posted to the Plano ISD website Thursday, no allegations of indecency with a child or inappropriate touching were reported to the district before Reich's arrest. Allegations were made against Reich in December 2009 and January 2010, the document said, but no details are given on the nature of the allegations and he was not placed on administrative leave following a district investigation.
Reich was hired as during the 2005-2006 school year. He student taught at Carlisle Elementary School and Renner Middle School in the spring of 2005 before moving to Hunt later that year. He substituted at Beverly, Mathews, Haun and Carlisle elementary schools for two years prior to his employment, the document reads.
The accusations come little more than a year after the conviction of Joseph Garbarini, a Hunt Elementary kindergarten teacher who was accused in May 2010 of fondling one of his female students while pretending to change a diaper. Garbarini was sentenced to 62 years in prison after being found guilty of the charges in August 2011.
Reich is currently on administrative leave. He is out on bond from the Collin County Jail.
Plano ISD and the Collin County Sheriff's Department declined to comment on the case.