A teacher at Grand Prairie High School was arrested Thursday and is the focus of a continuing investigation into illegal sexual activities.
Derek Fuller, 23, an Algebra I teacher, is facing charges of aggravated sexual assault and having an improper relationship between an educator and a student. Fuller was in the Grand Prairie Jail on Friday, according to a news release from Grand Prairie police. Bond is set at $125,000, the release said. This case involves a female student under 14, according to police.
Fuller was also arrested by Dallas police in a separate case on May 9, and is facing a sexual assault of child charge in that case, which involves a 16-year-old girl, according to a Dallas police spokeswoman. Fuller bonded out of Lew Sterrett Jail and was released on May 10. His bond then was set at $25,000, according to a jail spokesman.
Grand Prairie school district administrators received information indicating a potential sexual impropriety late on the afternoon of Jan. 26 and relieved Fuller from all duties the following day, said Sam Buchmeyer, school district spokesman. Police were notified and began an investigation that resulted in Thursday’s arrest, according to authorities.
Grand Prairie police officials have indicated that the investigation is ongoing and “very active.” The Texas Education Agency has been notified and Fuller’s teaching certificate has been flagged, but he has not been fired, according to Buchmeyer.
The Grand Prairie school district released a statement saying the conduct will not be tolerated.
“The teacher-student relationship is sacred. It reflects a vow from teachers to parents that their children are safe — as safe as they would be at home,” said Dr. Susan Hull, Grand Prairie superintendent. “When a teacher in Grand Prairie ISD breaks that vow, he or she will be dealt with quickly and aggressively. I encourage law enforcement to pursue all available action.”