The 33-year-old former band director of the Grapeland Independent School District faces up to 20 years in prison after being arrested on the second-degree felony charge of inappropriate relationship between an educator and student.

Adrian Tovar, 33, of Crockett was arrested on the charge last Monday and booked into the Houston County Jail in Crockett.

Improper relationship between an educator and student is a second-degree felony punishable by two-to-20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Tovar was in his first year in the post after being hired as Grapeland's band director last August.

School officials have indicated Tovar resigned shortly after allegations of the illegal relationship surfaced in late March.

The Texas Legislature passed a law which took effect Sept. 1, 2003, making it a second-degree felony for an educator to engage in a sexual relationship with a student attending their school, regarldess of the student's age.

GISD Superintendent Dr. K.L. Groholski has said the district is cooperating with authorities in their investigation.

Tovar reportedly lived in the Austin area at some point prior to coming to Grapeland at the beginning of the school year.

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Paul Stone may be contacted via e-mail at pstone@palestineherald.com

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