A former Brownwood Middle School coach and teacher was arrested Monday on a charge of indecency with a child after authorities were notified of "a possible inappropriate relationship between a student and educator," authorities said.
Landon Westerman, 27, who has a Grapevine address listed in Brown County Jail records, turned himself in and is free on $75,000 bond.
Westerman was employed with the Brownwood district during the 2012-'13 school year, a complaint filed by sheriff's investigator Lana Guthrie in Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jim Cavanaugh's office states.
"He's no longer employed with the BISD," Sheriff Bobby Grubbs said.
Grubbs declined to comment on the age or grade level of the girl. "This is still a continuing investigation," Grubbs said. "I really can't comment at this point."
Guthrie's complaint alleged that Westerman "engaged in sexual contact" with "a child younger than 17 years of age."
According to Guthrie's complaint:
The girl made an outcry on June 15 and alleged that events had occurred involving Westerman, and a Brownwood physician provided information about "a possible inappropriate relationship between a student and an educator" in Brownwood. Guthrie learned of text messages Westerman allegedly left on a female student's cell phone.
Guthrie received information indicating the girl had met with Westerman on dates including the weekend school dismissed for the summer and on June 15.
Sheriff's officials executed a search warrant at Westerman's home in south Brownwood on July 2 and seized Westerman's cell phone. Westerman, who was present when the search warrant was executed, agreed to go to the sheriff's office "to talk about this investigation."
Investigator Scott Bird interviewed Westerman. Westerman said he had kissed the girl and denied other actions the girl had alleged.
Brownwood superintendent Dr. Reece Blincoe said school officials had been unaware until Tuesday morning that Westerman was under investigation. Westerman was with the district for one year, and resigned at the end of the school year, Blincoe said.