Former Pampa educator arrested for sexual assault, improper relationship with student

Andy Lopez
On July 1st, 2019 the Pampa Police Department received a report of a possible sexual assault and inappropriate relationship between an educator and student. The PPD’s Criminal Investigations Division then began an investigation into the matter and notified Pampa Independent School District Administration of the allegations.

Upon conclusion of the investigation, the case was presented to the Gray County District Attorney’s Office for consideration and review.

On August 6th, the Gray County Grand Jury was presented the case and subsequently issued indictments on the suspect, 30 year old Andy Lopez. Lopez was indicted on two counts of Sexual Assault and one count of improper relationship between educator and student.

After the indictments were issued, information was received that Lopez was currently in Brown County, TX. Investigators relayed that information to Brown County, and on August 9th, 2019, he was taken into custody and is currently being held in the Brown County Jail.

Lopez’s bond amounts for the 3 charges total $450,000.

"The District reported this alleged misconduct to Child Protective Services and notified this educator’s suspected misconduct to the State Board of Educator Certification. The District was advised by Pampa PD that this former educator was arrested August 9, 2019. The District will continue to cooperate with these agencies as needed, and to the fullest extent permitted by law.

"Student safety and proper professional relationships between staff and students is a top priority to Pampa ISD. The District’s policies concerning improper personal relationships between staff and students are strictly enforced. Employees receive regular training and warnings regarding proper professional relationships with students. Violations of these District policies are not tolerated. The administration encourages anyone with information of a suspected improper relationship between a staff member and a student to immediately contact the Superintendent’s office or the Pampa Police Department or other law enforcement.

"Please be assured that the District has taken steps to keep students safe and I am grateful for the prompt response, assistance and cooperation of the Pampa Police Department," Pampa ISD Superintendent Tanya Larki told High Plains Pundit.