UPDATE 8:48AM: Berry has been transferred to the Kerr County Jail. His bond remains at $50,000 and his charge is listed as Indecency W/Child Sexual Contact.
Russell Lynn Berry, the 36 year old Center Point ISD elementary school teacher accused of Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact, sits in the Bexar County Jail with a bond of $50,000.
Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer said that on November 2nd, Center Point ISD Superintendent Cody Newcomb requested their assistance to investigate a complaint against a first grade teacher.
Sheriff officers conducted interviews with students who had indicated improper touching by Berry, according to a November 7th press release.
“Berry was also interviewed and confessed that he did indeed touch a student at CPISD in a sexual manner and that he had done so at a previous place of employment”
Berry’s previous place of employment was Northside ISD in San Antonio.
Community members have asked why Berry was hired in Center Point if he had inappropriate contact with students at another school district.
CPISD Superintendent Cody Newcomb addressed this issue in a press release on November 7th, 2018.
“Prior to his 2017 employment at Center Point ISD, Mr. Berry passed a Federal Bureau of Investigations criminal background check, which is part of our district’s hiring requirements.”
“There were no other reports of potential misconduct or suspicious behavior prior to the inquiry we received on November 1.”
”As soon as Mr. Berry was placed on administrative leave, the District initiated an investigation with the assistance of Center Point ISD’s Chief of Police, Jimmy Poole.”
CPISD Superintendent Cody Newcomb also stated, “If you have any questions or want to share any information related to Mr. Berry’s time in our schools, please contact my office, a campus administrator, or local law enforcement. You may also use the Crime Stoppers hotline at (830)896-8477 to anonymously make a report.“
Berry was arrested in San Antonio on November 7th and is expected to be transferred to the Kerr County Jail unless he is able to post bond.