The La Vernia school board will wait on the police to complete an investigation into alleged inappropriate touching of a student by Superintendent Trent Lovette before taking action on his employment contract, KENS-TV reported.
A La Vernia High School cheerleader told a Sinton Police Department officer on Aug. 30 that Lovette had rubbed his hand back and forth on her lower back. The officer was providing security at the football game in Sinton, where she said the incident happened.
The board listened to comments from parents, students and teachers on Wednesday night before meeting in executive session, the TV station reported.
After the session, trustees released a statement saying the La Vernia Police Department has asked the district to discontinue its own investigation while police continue theirs.
“To that end, the trustees will stand by and continue to await the outcome of the LVPD and [Texas Department of Family and Protective Services] investigations,” the statement said.
Lovette was placed on administrative leave last November for allegations of inappropriate behavior and reinstated three weeks later, after a brief investigation by the district.
A source told KSAT that Lovette had been accused of making several inappropriate sexual comments, including joking with a female staff member about students having a “threesome” and describing to a female employee a sex act between two students caught on camera at his previous district.