Thursday, September 16, 2010
held after late-night tryst
Kemp High School athletic trainer charged with having an improper relationship with a student
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMPStudents at Kemp High School are reeling from news that a school employee was arrested Friday and charged with having an improper relationship with a fellow student.
Later that day, the Yellowjackets lost 61-7 against Mineola.
I wont use that as an excuse, but Im sure it was (a distraction) in many ways, athletic director and football head coach Greg Anderson said Monday morning (see related story in Sports, page 1B).
Kemp High School athletic trainer Eric Cabral, 27, was taken into custody late Thursday night after a Kemp patrol officer checked out a report of a suspicious vehicle.
Crime watchers reported suspicious activity to the Kemp Police Department when they saw a car parked on Tolosa Road near the cemetery.
Sgt. Johnny Laws investigation revealed Cabral engaged in an improper relationship with a student.
Cabral was charged with a second-degree felony at 12:44 a.m. Friday at the Kaufman Law Enforcement Center and was later released on a $50,000 bond.
Kemp police chief Richard Clemmo told The Monitor that a second improper relationship count was added Friday afternoon, after Cabral said he had also met with the female student on Labor Day.
If convicted, Cabral could face two to 20 years in prison.
The nature of the charges suggests the alleged victim was 17 years of age or older. No information about the victim was released.
Parents trust educators and coaches to do the right thing, Clemmo said, adding the students parents were in shock over the incidents.
Even if the student is considered an adult, a student cannot give consent to be in a relationship with an educator, Clemmo said.
An investigation is continuing to determine whether more charges will be added.
Cabral, who stands six feet tall and weighs 318 pounds, has been employed with the Kemp ISD for two years. He doesnt teach any classes.
He was hired as a full-time athletic trainer, and worked with student athletes at the junior high and high school, superintendent Dr. Peter Running reported.
I hope its business as usual, he said of the reaction to the arrest at the school.
It cant help but be a distraction to the kids, but we plan on taking care of them the way they deserve to be taken care of, he said.
Cabral, who was hired after passing a criminal background check and contacts with references, was put on administrative leave, pending an investigation, Running said.
Previously to working at Kemp ISD, Cabral worked as an athletic trainer for Van ISD during the 2008-09 school year.
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