Hewitt, TX — A Midway ISD employee was arrested Thursday on two counts of child indecency, following an investigation by the Hewitt Police Department.
Around 7 a.m. December 6, Hewitt police arrested John Gates, 60, and booked him into the McLennan County Jail on the second degree felony.
According to the police report, the incident(s) occurred on Dendron Drive in Hewitt, TX, between the dates of June 2003 to June 2009. The investigation into the claims against John Gates, who is a Midway Independent School District fourth grade teacher, revealed the allegations occurred outside the scope of John Gates employment with the district. The allegations did not involve any students under his supervision.
The district is not releasing a statement at this time because the alleged incidents did not occur with students of Hewitt Elementary. However, a letter is being sent home with students about the arrest.
Here is a copy of the letter:
I am writing to inform you that Hewitt Police recently arrested Midway ISD employee John Gates, a fourth grade teacher at Hewitt Elementary, based on allegations from a non-school matter.
A release from the Hewitt Police Department specifically says, “The allegations occurred outside the scope of John Gates employment with the District and did not involve any students under his supervision.”
Although this is not a school-related incident, the district has been fully cooperative with police and other authorities in the on-going investigation of allegations against Mr. Gates. The safety of our children is of the utmost priority, and the district will do everything we can to protect the well-being of Midway students. Due to the nature of the allegations, Mr. Gates has not been in the classroom since October 9.
If you have any questions about the ongoing investigation, please contact the City of Hewitt Police Department. Thank you for your support of Midway ISD, Hewitt Elementary School, and our students.
George Kazanas, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools