CALDWELL COUNTY, Texas -- A physical education teacher was convicted Monday of continuous sexual abuse of a young child.
Steven Andrew Deleon, 40, was sentenced to 32 years in prison for the sexual abuse of an 11-year-old student at Travis Elementary School in San Marcos.
Deleon was a physical education teacher at Travis Elementary School in San Marcos when the abuse took place. Police learned of the abuse from a recording of a sexually explicit telephone conversation between Deleon and the victim which was discovered by the victim’s mother.
The abuse occurred from June 3, 2011 through August 27, 2011 at the victim’s family’s residence at Gary Job Corps in Caldwell County and at Deleon's home in Martindale, according to a press release from the Caldwell County District Attorney's Office.
“We’re pleased with the jury’s verdict and sentence,” said Caldwell County Criminal District Attorney Richard R. “Trey” Hicks III. “This case was made even more tragic by the fact that the defendant was a schoolteacher, a person parents entrust with the safety and welfare of their children. This defendant violated that trust.”
Continuous sexual abuse of a child is a first-degree felony punishable by 25 to 99 years or life in prison, with no possibility of parole.