'I'm just praying': Former KIPP counselor accused of sexual assault speaks during jail interview

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 09:30PM
Former KIPP Counselor accused of sexual assault says "he's praying."


HOUSTON, Texas - A former KIPP Explore Academy counselor charged with sexually assaulting three girls told ABC13 "he's just praying."

Brandon McElveen, 33, appeared before a Harris County judge Wednesday morning. He was arrested in Victoria for three counts of indecency with a child and brought back to Houston on Tuesday.

Investigators said McElveen would pull his victims out of class and sexually assault them behind closed doors. Court records allege the victims were assaulted repeatedly.

'I'm just praying,' accused school counselor says


In one case, investigators said the victim was sexually assaulted as a kindergartner through the fourth grade.

All three alleged victims are young girls.

ABC13 talked to McElveen during visitation at the jail.

VIDEO: Timeline of events in Brandon McElveen case
Timeline of events in Brandon McElveen case


He was quiet and soft-spoken.

"I'm just praying and waiting for my attorney to talk," said McElveen.

When we asked what he was praying for he didn't elaborate. When asked if there's anything he wanted to say to the KIPP families or students, he didn't directly answer.

He stated he was waiting for his attorney.

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After McElveen was charged, his attorney said the suspect would enter a not guilty plea and they would fight any and all allegations.

Sources said McElveen allegedly sexually assaulted even more children and he will likely face more charges.

McElveen is due in court on Nov. 8.


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