Drama teacher accused of sex assault of child

Investigators say a drama teacher went to some extreme lengths to try to avoid prosecution
May 9, 2014 8:18:45 PM PDT
A traffic stop led to a month-long investigation that resulted in a sex assault charge, but police think there could be more victims.

Spring Valley Village police say Ilich Auyapah Guardiola, 41, was stopped for a traffic violation in April and a 16-year-old girl was with him at the time. Police learned that Guardiola was a drama teacher working at several Houston-area acting academies and theaters, and the girl with him was one of his students.

Police questioned the two, and records state the girl told police she was in love with him. Police say text messages revealed she allegedly was having sex with Guardiola.

"I think it's very important for parents to be involved and to know who their kids are hanging out with," parent Debbie McDaniel said.

Investigators then learned that Guardiola and his alleged victim traveled to Las Vegas two weeks ago and were married with the girl's mother present.

Police say they found enough evidence to charge him with sexual assault of a child. Spring Valley Village police and the Harris County Sheriff's Office arrested him at his apartment on Thursday.

Guardiola dodged questions from Eyewitness News as he was being taken Friday to the Harris County Jail, where he is still behind bars.

Meanwhile, parents at one of the acting academies at which Guardiola once worked are reacting to the allegations.

"It seems like it happens for frequently now. It's sad," parent Julie Gist said.

Investigators are concerned there could be other victims and urge anyone with information to contact the Spring Valley Village Police Department at 713-465-8323, or contact their local law enforcement agency.


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