David Franco, an Ector County Independent School District Police Officer, has been arrested and charged with Sexual Assault of a Child.
Officials say the officer sexually assaulted a 14-year-old child in Odessa, Texas. The child’s parents contacted police after finding inappropriate text messages Franco had sent to their daughter. They also called Frano, who admitted to the act.
A few days after the parents reported the text messages, the 14-year-old victim was interviewed by police. The teenager said it happened at Franco’s home on the last day of school in June of 2019. The teen also told police that she had exchanged sexually explicit messages with the 43-year-old police officer.
According to the affidavit, Franco then spoke to the police and admitted to having sex with the under age girl.
Franco was then charged and arrested with sexually assaulting a child, a 2nd Degree Felony. Franco has also been fired from his job as a police officer.
Ector County Independent School District released the following statement on Franco’s arrest:
“We are aware of the charge against one of our police officers and are cooperating with the Odessa Police Department as it conducts the investigation. We learned of the allegation over the weekend, and the officer was immediately suspended. He has now been terminated.
We will not tolerate this kind of behavior. We set very clear expectations for all of our staff members and expect all will build professional relationships for teaching, encouraging and inspiring kids. It is unacceptable for it to cross the line away from that professional standard. Parents trust us with their most valuable possessions, their children, and our goal will always be to maintain that trust by keeping them safe.
We have incredible people in ECISD. This situation denigrates the hard work being done by thousands of others every day. We do not want to forget their work. At the same time, we want to assure our community we will help the police and the family in any way we can.”