Brandyn Hargrove, Brazoswood High School Teacher Charged With Sexual Misconduct With A Minor, Out On Bond. Brandyn Hargrove, a well-respected teacher at Brazoswood High School, has been charged with multiple counts of sexual misconduct with a minor dating back to 2007. The news has sent shockwaves through the community, raising concerns among parents, students, and former students who had once admired Hargrove’s dedication to education. The accused teacher, who was indicted on six counts of sexual assault of a child, four counts of indecency with a child by contact, and two counts of indecency with a child by exposure, has been released on a $240,000 bond, adding to the distress of those affected.
Immediate Action by Brazosport ISD
The allegations against Hargrove came to light when an outside agency initiated an investigation on September 29, 2023. The Brazosport Independent School District (BISD) took swift action upon being notified, immediately placing Hargrove on administrative leave to ensure she had no further contact with students. The gravity of the charges prompted the district to initiate employment-related actions, leading to the separation of her employment from the school.
In a statement released by BISD, the district affirmed its commitment to the safety and well-being of the children under its care. Parents, students, and former students with concerns have been encouraged to reach out to Brazoswood High School Principal Rita Pintavalle or Brazosport ISD Police Chief Wade Nichols.
The Charges and Investigation
The charges against Hargrove date back to 2007, involving a 15-year-old student who recently came forward with allegations of an ongoing relationship that lasted for two years. Clute Police Chief James Fitch confirmed that the incidents occurred off-campus and spanned from the victim’s teenage years into adulthood.
The chief highlighted the role of witnesses in the investigation, emphasizing the importance of their cooperation in bringing such cases to light. Despite the victim coming forward 15 years later, Chief Fitch expressed the unfortunate frequency of such incidents and the challenge of addressing them retrospectively.
Brazoswood High School parents and community members are grappling with mixed emotions, as Hargrove, a former Teacher of the Year, was widely regarded as an exemplary educator. Mike Walls, a parent with a son currently attending the school, expressed the collective concern of parents, stating, “I think every parent is concerned about this.”
Despite the accolades Hargrove received, Clute Police Chief Fitch shed light on the alleged inappropriate relationship she had with a former student when the student was between 15 and 17 years old. Fitch affirmed that, at present, there is no evidence suggesting the existence of additional victims.
Details In Short
- Date: December 23, 2023
- Location: Brazoria County Jail, Clute, Texas
- Name: Brandyn Hargrove
- Age: 43
- Charges: Six counts of sexual assault of a child, four counts of indecency with a child by contact, two counts of indecency with a child by exposure
- Legal Status: Released on a $240,000 bond
- Arrest Date: Thursday, December 22, 2023
- Community Impact: Awaiting further developments as legal proceedings unfold
- School District’s Response: Immediate action by Brazosport ISD, placing Hargrove on administrative leave and initiating employment-related actions
- Investigation Start Date: September 29, 2023
- Chief Fitch’s Statement: No evidence of additional victims at present
- Attorney’s Comment: Hargrove’s attorney, Aaron Perry, declined to comment at this time.
Legal Proceedings and Hargrove’s Response
Brandyn Hargrove, now 43, was arrested and booked into the Brazoria County Jail on Thursday. She promptly posted a $240,000 bond, securing her release on the same day. KPRC 2 Reporter Corley Peel attempted to reach Hargrove at her residence, listed on court records, but received no response. Hargrove’s attorney, Aaron Perry, declined to comment on the case.
As the legal proceedings unfold, the community awaits further developments while grappling with the unsettling revelation about a teacher who held a position of trust and influence over countless students throughout her career.
Brandyn Hargrove faces six counts of sexual assault of a child, four counts of indecency with a child by contact, and two counts of indecency with a child by exposure.
The incidents date back to 2007 when the victim was 15 years old, continuing for two years.
Upon learning of the investigation in September 2023, Brazosport ISD took immediate action, placing Hargrove on administrative leave and initiating employment-related actions to separate her employment.
As of now, Clute Police Chief James Fitch has stated that there is no evidence indicating the existence of other victims. However, he encourages anyone with information to contact the Clute Police Department.
Brandyn Hargrove has been released on a $240,000 bond after being booked into the Brazoria County Jail.
Hargrove’s attorney, Aaron Perry, has stated that she has no formal comment at this time.