Music teacher accused of touching 10-year-old girl inappropriately for years

IRVING, Texas -- Police in Irving, Texas have arrested an elementary school music teacher after an outcry from a 10-year-old girl alleging years of inappropriate contact.

Edmund Charles Barrera, a music teacher at Irving Independent School District's Lee Britain Elementary School, is in jail after the girl told police Barrera repeatedly touched her genitals through her clothing. Police say the incidents took place in the classroom over the past few years.

Police had been investigating Barrera for previous accusations of unwanted contact involving three other students, with allegations in those cases initially being considered simple assault. As detectives continued the investigation, other victims came forward with information alleging sexual contact.

Barrera is being held on a charge of indecency with a child; his bond is set at $50,000.

Police have asked parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of inappropriate contact, and any parent who has concerns that their child may have been touched inappropriately have been asked to refer the information to law enforcement.