DeLancey hired by MFISD 3 times

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By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula on July 7, 2014. 3 Comments

As a former Marble Falls Independent School District employee remains in the Burnet County jail on a $1.1 million bond, details about the charges against him are coming into focus.

Deavon DeLancey, 31, was arrested June 5 on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child and possession of child pornography. Soon after his arrest, both MFISD and the Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department terminated his employment.

The charges against DeLancey extend beyond allegedly putting cameras and videos in MFISD dressing rooms and bathrooms while he was an employee in the technology department, a situation addressed by MFISD officials in a letter to parents and media.

The aggravated sexual assault of a minor stems from a graphic video that was downloaded May 31 onto his personal computer at his residence that allegedly showed DeLancey sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl, according to the probable cause affidavit signed by the Texas Ranger in charge of the case.

Information obtained from MFISD by The Highlander’s Freedom of Information Act request reveal exactly when DeLancey was first hired by the district. Dr. Robert O’Connor, MFISD superintendent, told the newspaper June 9 that he did not have access to DeLancey’s employment records, and that he did not want to speculate on what happened “more than a decade ago.”

DeLancey was hired with the district almost 14 years ago, while he was still in high school.

For the full story, see Tuesday’s Highlander.

3 Responses to DeLancey hired by MFISD 3 times

  1. Concerned Parent   July 8, 2014 at 7:41 am

    The school district is never going to admit their negligence in allowing Delancey to be employed by the district. Delancey was arrested January 4, 2003 for Injury to a Child. The case was not prosecuted but the arrest alone, which can be found through a very simple public record search, should have kept him from ever being employed in a position to harm children. This is absolute negligence on the part of the school district that I hope other parents recognize as well.

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  2. Danny Mantle   July 9, 2014 at 8:18 am

    If a business had tried to block employment based on an arrest that did not lead to a conviction, they’d find themselves the target of every civil-rights lawyer this side of the Mississippi — and they’d likely lose the case. As you know, our legal system demands all suspects must be deemed innocent until proven guilty. So, in the eyes of the law, any suspect — regardless of the charge — has a clean legal record until he or she is convicted in court.

    You’re basically asking a government organization to pre-judge someone based on a charge which was never proven. I know it’s popular to announce Obama’s (or similarly unpopular government officials’) guilt based on speculation, but it would never hold up in court. It would, however, raise the legal charges of the district to astronomical levels, which could result in increased taxes.

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  3. BOBDOG   July 9, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Ok, So maybe the MFISD didn’t do anything wrong. They’re not doing much right, either. Great money spent, not great results.

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