A former counselor at a Houston charter school has been charged with sex crimes against children — and authorities believe there may be additional victims, Houston police announced Thursday afternoon.
Brandon Thomas McElveen, 33, was arrested by Victoria County sheriff's deputies on October 16, and charged with three felony counts of indecency with a child.
McElveen was a counselor at the KIPP Explore Academy near the University of Houston from 2009 until his arrest, KIPP spokeswoman Ieesha M. Collins said.
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Houston police said he had "access to multiple children throughout his tenure with the school." They believe McElveen may have other victims and are asking parents to speak to their children if they had interactions with McElveen.
Anyone with information about the incidents can call the Houston Police Department's special victims division at 713-830-3254.
In a statement, KIPP's Houston superintendent, Sehba Ali, said the district supports the investigations by police and the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
"We are deeply disturbed by these new allegations about our former staff member," Ali said. "This type of
behavior runs counter to everything we believe in at KIPP. Our hearts go out to any member of the
KIPP community who has experienced abuse, and we encourage those who have information to
contact the authorities."