A Cypress Fairbanks ISD trainer and teacher is under investigation following allegations of inappropriate behavior towards a student.
In a statement to KPRC 2 News, Leslie Francis, Assistant Superintendent for Communications and Community Relations, wrote: “Mr. Lywen Bradford was placed on administrative leave pending a full law enforcement investigation on December 9, 2022 after allegations of inappropriate behavior towards a student were brought to the attention of the administration of Cypress Woods High School. Mr. Bradford has been a teacher at Cypress Woods High School since August 12, 2019.
Cypress Woods High School’s websites and social media sites listed him as a football and baseball coach.
But the stepfather of one of the students who accuses Bradford says he was also a biology teacher and abused her during class.
The man, who we are not identifying to protect his child’s identity, says he and his wife received a call from the school on December 12.
Her 16-year-old daughter had been pulled from class and questioned about Bradford. The girl told them Bradford petted her eight or nine times when she went to his desk to ask him questions.
“He put his arms around her back and then pulled up her panties and then he rubbed his hands up her hips and went under her shirt and she didn’t know what to do,” the girl’s stepdad said, recounting what she had told them.
Parents said the girl had been in Bradford’s class since the start of the school year in August. They told KPRC 2 that she had complained about him in the past but had never provided details when asked.
“She said, ‘My biology teacher is just weird, he’s just weird,'” her stepdad said.
The district would not answer any further questions about the investigation, but the stepfather says his child is not the only one to have made these allegations.
“She wasn’t the first, apparently there are almost 20 who have come forward so far. He’s a predator and he took advantage of these young teenage girls,” he said.
Bradford also worked for at least two other school districts, Houston ISD and Alief ISD. A spokesman for Alief told KPRC 2 News that Bradford was hired on August 19, 2018 and resigned on May 29, 2019 to work in another school district.
HISD has not yet released details of Bradford’s past employment.
Attempts to reach Mr Bradford were unsuccessful.
Late Tuesday night, Paul Doyle, an attorney who said he is helping Bradford clear his name, contacted KPRC 2 News and said Bradford does not teach biology and that “these allegations are demonstrably false.”
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