Preschool teacher accused of sexual assault

A teacher at Nature School of Austin has been accused of aggravated sexual assault of a 4-year-old. 

John Arnold is accused of assaulting a 4-year-old girl in the school bathroom. The victim made an outcry to her mother while at breakfast telling her that her teacher, Mr. John, had touched her "potty," referring to her genitals.

During nap time, the victim and another student were using the restroom when Arnold walked into the bathroom and closed the door. Then Arnold sexually assaulted the young girl touching her genitals and making it feel "bad," according to the arrest warrant. 

Additionally, the victim's mother says during a school meeting in early October Arnold admitted that he rubbed the victim's back and feet during nap time to help her go to sleep before. 

The following statement was provided by the Department of Family and Protective Services: 

Child Care Licensing received a report on Oct. 14, 2016, alleging that a child in care had been sexually abused. We immediately notified Austin police and implemented a safety plan to ban Mr. Arnold from the premises until the allegations were investigated. We were informed that the Mr. Arnold was terminated that same day. The operation was cited that same day for inadequate training for Mr. Arnold.

Child Care Licensing conducted unannounced follow-up inspections on October 18 and December 6. As a result of the December 6 investigation, our inspector cited the operation for failing to have a criminal background check renewed on an employee.

With today's arrest warrant, Child Care Licensing will continue to work with Austin police on this case.

Arnold denied any wrong doing when detectives interviewed him on January 9. 

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