Charged with Continual Sexual Assault

By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

GRAPELAND – On Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 9, information was received which indicated a Grapeland Elementary School teacher was arrested for continual sexual assault.

A press release received from Grapeland ISD Superintendent Don Jackson stated, “Today, Grapeland ISD employee Melissa Singer was arrested for continual sexual abuse.  The District believes this is an isolated situation, but encourages anyone who may have additional allegations or information to report to the District and/or law enforcement.”

Jackson’s statement added, “The District will continue to cooperate with law enforcement while this matter is pending in the criminal justice system.  Due to the sensitive nature of this issue and the privacy rights of the individuals involved, the District will not be making any further comments at this time.”

The Grapeland ISD website lists Singer as a fourth and fifth grade math teacher. She has been employed with the school district for just over three years.

“As always, the safety and well-being of our students is the District’s highest priority.  We encourage open communication between students, parents and the District, and urge you to report any inappropriate conduct that students witness or experience.  School counselors are available at each campus to meet with students to discuss any concerns they have,” Jackson’s statement concluded.

For more information on this developing story, please check back online or see the Sunday, Oct. 14 edition of The Messenger.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.