Former Bastrop teacher sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting two students
BASTROP, TX — Arthur Reyes, 61, of Bastrop, was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday after he pleaded guilty to two charges of aggravated sexual assault. Prior to his conviction, Reyes was employed as a sixth grade teacher in the Bastrop Independent School District.
Yesterday’s sentencing stemmed from investigations by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office. Bastrop County sheriff’s deputies arrested Reyes on Aug. 23, 2012, after one of Reyes’s sixth-grade students made an outcry to relatives about being sexually assaulted by Reyes.
In September 2012, the Bastrop County District Attorney’s Office referred the case to the Texas Attorney General’s Office, which immediately initiated an investigation of Reyes. After the AG’s investigation began, a second student – who was the underage brother of another one of Reyes’s students – spoke to AG investigators and reported being sexually victimized by Reyes.
In April 2013, a Bastrop County grand jury issued two indictments against Reyes on charges of sexually assaulting the two minors. Reyes pleaded guilty to both indictments Thursday and received 15-year sentences on each of them. The prison sentences will run concurrently.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case at the request and recusal of the Bastrop County District Attorney’s Office.