Man pleads guilty to fondling child at Grapevine school

FORT WORTH -- A former teacher at a Grapevine private school pleaded guilty on Tuesday to fondling one of his students during her nap times in 2009.

As part of a plea agreement, Vincent Woods, 34, of Bedford was sentenced to five years in prison for indencency/fondling of a child.

Woods who had been free on $10,000 bail was taken into custody Tuesday morning in Criminal District Court No. 297.

Woods who had been a teacher at Primrose School of Hall-Johnson in Grapevine faced a maximum of 20 years in prison had he gone to trial and been convicted. His trial was scheduled for Sept. 27.

Woods pleaded guilty to fondling a then 3-year-old girl who was one of his students at the school, 2300 Hall-Johnson Road in Grapevine.

Woods, who was married at the time of the incident in May 2009, told police that he began teaching at the school in October 2008. He passed required background and fingerprint checks in October, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The school’s website states that day care is offered for children from 6 weeks to 10 years old.

The 3-year-old girl talked to her parents May 28, 2009, Grapevine police said.

What the child said next prompted her parents to call Grapevine police: She told her father that her teacher (Vincent Woods) had rubbed her legs and put his fingers down her pants, according to the affidavit.

Grapevine police said that her parents told investigators that their daughter had not made statements like that before.

According to their affidavit, the girl told the investigator that Woods put his hands down her pants several times during nap time.

After the child talked to a forensic investigator, two detectives interviewed Woods.

Woods told the detectives that it happened once. When he was asked how far he slid his hand, Woods said, “Too far,” a detective wrote in the affidavit.