HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A longtime Houston ISD science teacher has been arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child for allegedly abusing one of his students.
According to court documents, the alleged abuse happened during the 2016-2017 school year, when Bradley Scottrose, 39, was a teacher at Ashford Elementary School. A girl who was seven years old at that time told Houston ISD police that her science teacher was assaulting her in the classroom.
Kept inside during recess due to bullying, the girl said Scottrose began touching her hair and telling her how pretty she was. The incidents progressed to touching her legs and vagina, court documents state. At times during the encounters, the girl said he would make her touch his penis.
Court documents show the girl told another educator at the school, but it was not clear how detailed she was at the time of the alleged assaults. Documents show that in late 2021, the girl, now older, made specific outcries that prompted a full criminal investigation.
"I know they haven't had a PE teacher since the beginning of the school year," said Susan Lockwood, a parent with three kids at the school. "We trust these teachers to take care of our children and be a safety net when we're not around. So, it's kind of discouraging when you find out these things have happened in the past or present because we're trusting our children and we're trusting the schools to vet these teachers."
Scottrose was an employee of Houston ISD for 16 years. He most recently worked as a PE teacher for Ashford until last year, when parents we spoke to say he quietly disappeared from classes.
HISD says Scottrose was reassigned during the investigation, but would not elaborate on what he's doing now.
Scottrose's bond was set at $75,000. If he posts bond, he won't be able to come within 200 feet of a school or day care, but will be allowed to remain at home with his wife and two biological children.
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