Teaching assistant arrested for fondling

Teaching assistant arrested for fondling

DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC) - A teacher's assistant in DeSoto County was arrested for fondling, DeSoto County Sheriff's Department said.

Francis Karl Respess, 60, was a teacher's assistant at Walls Elementary School.

He's been arrested and charged with fondling by a person in a position of trust.

Respess is being held at DeSoto County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

DeSoto County Schools released the following statement about the arrest:

"The Desoto County Sherriff's Department informed school officials this afternoon that a teacher assistant at Walls Elementary School has been arrested for inappropriate contact and communication with minors. The assistant teacher is no longer an employee of DeSoto County Schools. School and district officials are working with local law enforcement during this ongoing investigation.  Walls Elementary School parents were notified of the arrest via email by school officials."

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