A Trimble Tech High School teacher is in custody after he was accused of having an improper relationship with a student, according to the Fort Worth Independent School District and Tarrant County jail records.
Albert Jason Robles has been placed on leave by the district, district spokesman Clint Bond said Tuesday morning. The 38-year-old was charged last week with sexual assault of a child under 17, indecency with a child with sexual contact and having an improper relationship with a student, jail records show.
His name has vanished from the Trimble Tech staff page.
Bond said Tuesday morning he was unable to say anything else about the case.
One parent whose child was in Robles’ class told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the district had not explained the teacher’s absence to students or parents.
Amanda Watschke, 38, has a son who’s a freshman in the Trimble Tech animation design program. He’s had Robles as a teacher since the beginning of the school year and would stop by his classroom during lunch, where students could play video games, she said.
But at the beginning of last week, she said, Robles was gone, replaced with a substitute teacher. His items around the room — including comic book and anime posters hung on the walls as well as figurines — were gone, too.
Neither students nor parents have received an explanation about his absence, Watschke said, though rumors have gone around the school that he had an indecent relationship with a student.
She found out about his arrest Tuesday.
“I’m disappointed and scared,” said Watschke, who also has a son in seventh grade at Fort Worth ISD’s Daggett Montessori School. “You always hope this isn’t going to be something that affects your kids directly and when it does, it’s kind of a shock. I really hope the school can get the kids back into their routine quickly so it doesn’t disrupt their lives so much.”
Amid Robles’ absence, students have essentially had a free period where they’ve been unable to study animation, she said.
Trimble Tech offers programs of choice for students, according to the Fort Worth ISD website. Watschke said students study their choice programs throughout high school, progressing each year.
Her son had to apply for a spot in the animated design program and then be selected in a lottery system, she said. He was fond of Robles and was learning simple animation techniques in programs such as Photoshop, hoping to eventually master different types of animation in film including green-screen special effects.
“He was really thrown for a loop when he started hearing the rumors that there was an incident that had happened and seeing that Mr. Robles’ stuff was gone,” Watschke said.
Fort Worth Officer Brad Perez, a police spokesman, said police are still investigating the case.
Robles was arrested Thursday, according to jail records. Fort Worth police arrested him on the charges of indecency with a child with sexual contact and an improper relationship with a student, while Crowley police arrested him on the charge of sexual assault of a child under 17. Robles lives in Crowley, according to court records.
The bond for the sexual assault charge is $50,000, jail records show. The other two charges had $5,000 bonds.
Robles has been the sponsor of the Trimble Tech Gamer X organization, according to the district.