Pasadena ISD substitute teacher accused of molesting 2 girls says dad warned him not to touch students

PASADENA, Texas (KTRK) -- A judge warned a 24-year-old Pasadena ISD substitute teacher to stay away from the two fourth-grade girls he's accused of molesting.

Overnight, Joshua Lewis appeared in court, where prosecutors say 10 more students came forward alleging that he touched them in ways that made them feel uncomfortable.

He has not been charged in more cases.

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Joshua Lewis in court after being charged with molesting two students.

Lewis was arrested on three felony charges -- improper relationship with a student and two counts of indecency with a child.

The parents of two Jessup Elementary School students came forward on Oct. 5, alleging Lewis sexually assaulted their children after their daughters reported it to a counselor.

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The girls' parents say their students were molested by the substitute teacher during a fourth-grade class earlier this month.

In court, prosecutors say Lewis denied the allegations, but he also admitted that he comes from a touchy-feely family, and his dad warned him not to touch the other students.

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Both parents spoke with Eyewitness News along with their attorneys, and said their children continue to suffer after the assaults.

"She's not sleeping. She's crying, she wakes up crying. She doesn't want to eat, she doesn't want to do much of anything. She's usually a very happy kid," said parent Ashley, who is in the process of moving her daughter to a different school.

Lewis' bond is $300,000.

The school district said parents or students who see or hear anything unusual or that makes them feel uncomfortable should report that information to the district.

Anyone with additional information in this case should call Pasadena ISD police at 713-740-0200.

Pasadena ISD said Lewis worked for the district as a substitute teacher from March 2017 until this month. In all, he worked at least one day at 47 campuses in Pasadena ISD.

Those campuses include:
  • Bailey Elementary
  • Beverly Hills Intermediate
  • Bobby Shaw Middle School
  • Bondy Intermediate
  • Career & Technical High School
  • De Zavala Middle School
  • Dobie 9th Grade Campus
  • Dobie High School
  • Fisher Elementary
  • Frazier Elementary
  • Freeman Elementary
  • Gardens Elementary
  • Garfield Elementary
  • Genoa Elementary
  • Golden Acres Elementary
  • Jackson Intermediate
  • Jensen Elementary
  • Jessup Elementary
  • Keller Middle School
  • Kruse Elementary
  • Laura Bush Elementary
  • Matthys Elementary
  • Meador Elementary
  • Melillo Middle School
  • Memorial High School
  • Miller Intermediate
  • Milstead Middle School
  • Morales Elementary
  • Morris Middle School
  • Park View Intermediate
  • Pasadena High School
  • Pomeroy Elementary
  • Queens Intermediate
  • Rayburn High School
  • Richey Elementary
  • Roberts Middle School
  • San Jacinto Intermediate
  • Schneider Middle School
  • South Belt Elementary
  • South Houston Elementary
  • South Houston High School
  • South Houston Intermediate
  • Southmore Intermediate
  • Summit
  • Teague Elementary
  • Turner Elementary
  • Williams Elementary

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