Harmony Schools teacher accused of sexually assaulting young child

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Thursday, February 19, 2015
Milton Cole, as seen in a recent appearance in the Harris County Court

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A Harmony Schools teacher is accused of sexually assaulting a child when the victim was 4 years old and twice again when the child was 9 years old.

Milton Cole, 32, went before a Harris County judge on Wednesday, charged with aggravated sexual assault and super aggravated assault of a child under six years of age.

The victim, cited in court papers, alleged the latest sexual assault happened last August.

The assaults are said to have happened at a residence in the 13000 block of Hillcroft.

Prior to being charged, Cole had no prior criminal history. His bond for the he aggravated sexual assault charge is set at $30,000, bond is not set on the super aggravated assault charge. Cole is being held in the Harris County Jail.

Harmony Public Schools has indicated Cole's employment has been terminated in this statement released Thursday:

"In light of recent allegations, Harmony Public School has terminated Milton Cole's employment effective immediately.

Harmony Public Schools also wants to clarify a timeline of events surrounding the allegations made against this former staff member.
Mr. Cole was on federally mandated (job protected) leave, unrelated to the allegations, when a family member shared with administrators that the school should expect to hear from authorities. When the administrators corresponded with the authorities, they were not provided with information that would prompt the school to take action regarding his employment.

Harmony Public Schools reiterates that the alleged victim is not a Harmony Public School student, nor did any of the alleged acts occur on campus.

Harmony Public Schools continues to cooperate with authorities and is conducting an internal investigation to gather additional information.
At Harmony, our students' safety and well-being is our first and foremost priority."