Center Point High School Athletic Director Damian Patrick Van Winkle was arrested Thursday on suspicion of indecency with a child by contact, a second-degree felony.
The Kerr County Sheriff's Office said it arrested Van Winkle after several students complained about being touched; the subsequent investigation alleged close contact with multiple students throughout the school year, including descriptions of uncomfortable or sexual contact.
"We will continue to seek out possible victims and, when appropriate, submit this completed case for prosecution," Kerr County Sheriff Larry Leitha said. "The alleged violations of trust by a senior school official are deeply concerning."
In a statement, Center Point school officials said they became aware of complaints against Van Winkle on April 20 and turned the matter over to the sheriff's office. Van Winkle, who has been with the district for nine months, was placed on administrative leave before his arrest.
"If any current or former students or community members of Center Point ISD have any information relating to potential allegations of misconduct by Mr. Van Winkle during his employment at Center Point ISD, then please contact the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office immediately," the school district said in a press release. "Center Point ISD remains committed to providing a safe environment for its students to flourish and reach their potential."
Van Winkle was arrested at his Center Point home without incident and is currently in the Kerr County Jail pending a bond hearing. Van Winkle is a 20-year veteran educator with several previous positions within school districts.
"Our investigators worked seamlessly with other organizations to discern the facts and prevent further offenses by this administrator,” Leitha said.