Former Arlington high school teacher accused in two more student-sex cases

ARLINGTON -- A former Arlington high school teacher arrested in February on two charges of having an improper relationship with students now faces two charges of sexual assault of a child after police learned of more alleged victims.

Arlington police arrested Brandon Ashley McDaniel, 36, on Thursday on suspicion of having sex with two students starting when they were 14 and 16, according to arrest warrant affidavits.

McDaniel, who already faced two charges of improper relationship for having sex with two 18-year-old students, now faces a third charge of improper relationship as well.

McDaniel, who resigned as chairman of the Sam Houston High School English department this month, remained in the Arlington Jail on Thursday afternoon, with bail set at $105,000.

All the sex acts were consensual, according to the affidavits. All four students had McDaniel as a teacher at some point.

Parking lots, classrooms

In the new cases, McDaniel is accused of having sex with the students in parking lots, at his home and in at least one case in his classroom, and the encounters continued after they graduated from high school.

The sexual relationship with one girl started in 2001; the other started in 2009. Both lasted until this year. One is now in her late teens and the other in her mid-20s.

After the 14-year-old turned 15, she once spent the night at McDaniel's house when his wife was out of town, according to the arrest warrant affidavits. Another time, McDaniel was with the teen on her bed when her mother came home. He jumped out a window, the affidavits state.

"They would call each other when they wanted to have sex," the affidavits say.

The student told police that she visited McDaniel at school this year and that the two exchanged text messages afterward expressing their love for each other. On her cellphone, detectives found several messages sent to and from McDaniel's cellphone Jan. 26.

Graduation gift

McDaniel's sexual relationship with the 16-year-old began in 2009, when she was a sophomore and participated in an after-school program that he led, according to the affidavits.

She told police that McDaniel gave her marijuana, alcohol and cigarettes and that besides oral sex acts, they had phone sex and exchanged sexually explicit messages and photos.

She told police that she tried to end the relationship in fall 2009, the affidavits say, but that "the suspect was persistent and manipulative; therefore their sexual relationship continued."

In April 2011, according to the affidavits, McDaniel bought her a plane ticket to Orlando, Fla., as a graduation gift and gave her other items.

The student told police that she was a virgin throughout high school and that the pair didn't engage in intercourse until this January at his house.

After she learned that police were investigating McDaniel, she deleted all e-mails between them and told no one about the relationship, according to the affidavits. She did give detectives a detailed statement as well as other evidence, the affidavits say.

Previous charges

McDaniel, whom the Arlington school district placed on administrative leave Feb. 8, resigned effective March 6, district spokeswoman Amy Casas said.

He was arrested for the first time Feb. 28 and posted $20,000 bail, according to jail records.

In the previous cases, McDaniel is accused of having sex multiple times with two 18-year-old students. Police say he took one to Austin on Nov. 11 under the pretense of a college visit. The pair had sex in a hotel room, according to affidavits.

McDaniel is accused of having sex with the other student in his classroom, the affidavits say.

McDaniel's attorney, Lex Johnston of Hurst, said Thursday that he was gathering information on the new charges.

"Mr. McDaniel faces five charges that were the result of anonymous phone calls to the Arlington Police Department," he said. "We will fight each one and hopefully clear his name."

Anyone with information about this case or similar situations involving McDaniel is asked to call 817-459-5352 or submit an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS (8477).

Staff writer Domingo Ramirez Jr. contributed to the report.

Patrick M. Walker, 817-390-7423

Twitter: @patrickmwalker1

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