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Former FBISD employee arrested

After investigations by both the Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD) police and the Fort bend County Sheriff’s Department a man who was affiliated with FBISD was arrested and charged with indecency with a child.

In a press conference Monday sheriff’s authorities said both police agencies had investigated an incident involving an elementary student at Mission Glen Elementary School.

According to Fort Bend Sheriff’s detectives, after their investigation an arrest warrant for Indecency with a Child was obtained on Gerald Lee Downing, 21, a resident of the Mission Bend subdivision.

According to sheriff’s personnel, Downing was known by the nickname of Mr. Jay. Sheriff reports says Downing was an employee with the Mission Glen Elementary and Holley Elementary extended day program from August 2007 through February 2009. Later they said, Downing returned to Mission Glen Elementary as a volunteer. Downing was also employed with Kids R Kids Child care center on FM 1464 and a volunteer with the Fort Bend Youth Football League, as well as other youth sports programs according to county officials.

In a written statement FBISD Community Relations said, “In addition to the investigation conducted by the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department regarding former FBISD employee Gerald Lee Downing, Fort Bend ISD Police conducted a prior and separate investigation of Downing into allegations that he acted inappropriately with a student. On November 9, 2010, FBISD Police Department received a complaint from Mission Glen Elementary staff that Downing, who was on campus in a volunteer position, met with a child in a student restroom. An investigation was conducted and at that time there was no evidence to support any inappropriate physical contact between Downing and the student.”

The statement went on to say, “However, evidence obtained supports the allegations that Downing removed the student from a classroom environment while he was not standing in the stead of a parent or guardian of the child. FBISD Police have forwarded a charge for Enticing a Child, Class B Misdemeanor, to the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office for review. During the course of the investigation, further evidence was obtained that led FBISD Police investigators to conclude that a separate incident with a juvenile may have occurred, not on district property. That information was forwarded to the Fort Bend County Sheriff who then conducted a separate investigation which led to the issuance of an arrest warrant for Indecency with a Child.

FBISD Community Relations said Downing was terminated from his position with as Assistant Site Coordinator with the Extended Day Program effective February 04, 2009 after his supervisor expressed concerns that he was acting unprofessionally in his role, by giving a birthday gift to a student.

“Prior to his termination, Fort Bend ISD did not have any evidence that Downing had inappropriate contact with any students. At the time of Downing’s employment, a criminal background check revealed no criminal history,” said the statement. The statement went on to explain that, “In accordance with District policy, Downing was required to submit an application and undergo a criminal background check before he was allowed to volunteer. Mr. Downing submitted a volunteer application on July 31, 2010, and FBISD allowed him to volunteer after the criminal background check revealed no criminal history. The District’s volunteer application process is not linked to an applicant’s employment history. FBISD is reviewing internal procedures to determine whether past employment with the District should also be considered in the volunteer application process.”

This case remains under active investigation and authorities ask anyone with information pertaining to this incident or similar cases involving Gerald Lee Downing, also known as Mr. Jay, to contact the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office – Special Crimes Unit at (281) 341-4685.

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