Police say Paschal High assistant band director had hundreds of improper photos

FORT WORTH -- A Paschal High School assistant band director who was arrested in December outside a TCU-area bedroom window, accused of taking photos of a woman undressing inside, had hundreds of inappropriate photos of females on his cellphone, officials said Wednesday. At least seven of the subjects are students at Paschal.

All of the females were clothed, Detective Jeremy Spann said, but the vast majority of the pictures focused on buttocks and cleavage and appeared to have been taken without the subjects' knowledge.

Most of the photos appeared to have been taken at school functions, such as sporting events and band activities, he said.

George A. Flores, who was placed on administrative leave by school officials after his December arrest, was arrested again Wednesday evening on three new warrants for improper photography, a state jail felony.

Asked about Flores' future at Paschal, Barbara Griffith, a Fort Worth school district spokeswoman, said, "We will take immediate and appropriate action."

"The safety of children is the biggest priority we have and one we take seriously," Griffith said.

After his arrest on Dec. 14, Flores, 34, told the Star-Telegram that he was working with his attorney "to prove my innocence."

He was being booked into jail Wednesday night and could not be reached to comment.

Flores' attorney, Harold Johnson, did not return a phone message Wednesday night.

Flores was in his third year at Paschal; before that, he taught in Harlingen. He also had been a brass arranger for the Grand Prairie-based Forte Drum and Bugle Corps.

'Signs of escalation'

He was initially arrested after TCU police, responding to a report of a prowler near the campus, found him hiding in bushes outside the bedroom window of a 20-year-old student who had been changing into her pajamas.

"I had no idea this guy was out there till the police knocked on my door at midnight," the woman said.

Flores told officers that he had been looking for a friend. He let them search his cellphone and was arrested on suspicion of improper photography after the officers found photos on the phone. They described them as grainy and somewhat obscured by the reflection of the flash.

The woman said she did not know Flores. Learning later that he taught at a high school was even more unsettling, she said.

"The fact that he was working with students, with people who are underage, was really scary," the woman said.

Last week, Fort Worth police found hundreds of photos during a forensic analysis of Flores' phone.

"The evidence from both the first incident with the TCU student's bedroom window and the evidence found from this case suggests signs of escalation in sexual predator behavior," Spann said.

Sgt. Deven Pitt, supervisor of the sex crimes unit, said some of the females were photographed several times.

"A good portion of the photos appear to be high school-aged females and possibly students," Pitt said.

School officials helped police identify eight of the females, ranging in age from 14 to 21. Seven are Paschal students. An eighth, police said, was a college student who had been volunteering at the high school.

"We believe the investigation will potentially lead to others," Pitt said.

More analysis planned

On Wednesday evening, the school district provided a room at Paschal for investigators to meet with the female students and their parents. After being shown the photos individually, investigators said, the females signed affidavits confirming that they did not know that their photos were being taken.

West side zero-tolerance officers arrested Flores on the warrants Wednesday evening.

"We believe the officers and detectives involved successfully prevented the suspect from committing further inappropriate acts," Pitt said.

Investigators had previously searched Flores' home in the Fairmount neighborhood, seizing computers and other electronics that will also be analyzed.

Griffith said the district planned to send e-mails Wednesday night to about 350 parents, including band boosters and PTA leaders, about Flores' arrest. She said a letter will be sent to all Paschal parents today.

"We have a little bit of a balancing act in that we're trying not to get in the way of a police investigation," Griffith said. "Obviously, he's entitled to his day in court."

Griffith said the district will provide counseling for students who want it.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655