Former Red Bank Elementary teacher accused of sexual contact with a minor
Lexington, SC( WOLO) — The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department extricated a former Lexington elementary school teacher from Ecuador to to face charges of sexual contact with a minor.
According to authorities, 42 year old Hianlucas Isturiz Rodriguez, was engaged in sexual battery with a Red Bank Elementary School student on multiple occasions while working at the school between 2017.
According to arrest warrants, students and parents alike knew the suspect as “Señor Isturiz, who has now been is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon released a statement saying,
“Right after we obtained arrest warrants for Isturiz and shared this case with the public, we received a tip that he had fled the country,” “We immediately reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for assistance in locating Isturiz and bringing him back to Lexington County.”
Authorities say Rodriguez was arrested in Ecuador this summer and being held as he awaited extradition. He was brought back to Lexington County today, Thursday December 5th where he was taken in to custody.
Late Thursday evening Mary Beth Hill, Communications officer for Lexington School District One confirmed that Rodriguez was a 2017 5K immersion teacher who was terminated in May of 2017 after an investigation into allegations made against him by a female student.
In that letter, Superintendent Dr. Greg Little released a statement saying,
“Nothing is more important to me than the safety of our children. We are thankful for the persistence of law enforcement at both the local and national level. They did not give up, and they will make sure that justice prevails,…“We will continue to support this investigation. I want to thank Sheriff Koon and his team for their exceptional work on this case. I also ask that our community keep the students, their families and our staff close in your hearts and prayers.”
Isturiz is being held in the Lexington County Detention Center while he awaits a bond hearing scheduled for Friday.