Texas teacher arrested for online solicitation of minor


ALICE, Texas (News4SA/SBG) - An IDEA School System employee has been arrested for Online Solicitation of a Minor during a joint operation by the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers last week.

During the investigation, Daniel Marcus Valdez, 37, an educator with IDEA South Flores Academy, had been sending lewd photos as well as soliciting sex via Snapchat with a female minor. On Sept. 15, Valdez drove to the location in Alice, Texas where authorities were waiting for him. He was immediately taken into custody and booked on the 3rd degree felony.

The week-long operation was conducted with the assistance of the Texas Ranger's Division and the FBI.

IDEA Public Schools issued a statement:

"IDEA Public Schools is committed to ensuring the safety of our students on the road to and through college. Allegations have been made about an IDEA South Flores Academy employee. The employee is currently on administrative leave. IDEA Public Schools is cooperating fully with the investigation, and we have taken all appropriate actions in accordance with the law and network policy. "

Valdez was released on Saturday after posting a $30K bond.

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