Former ETX school employee arrested for online solicitation of minor

WOOD COUNTY - A 48-year-old Lindale man is in jail for online solicitation of a minor, after a student reported the contact to school administrators in mid-November.

Todd Allen Karch, a former school employee, was arrested just after 7 a.m. Thursday at the Wood County Sheriff's Office. 

According to the Mineola Police Department, an investigation began in Nov. 2017 after receiving a report from Mineola ISD Superintendent, Kim Tunnell.

A statement from the superintendent revealed that Karch, an employee in the district, was immediately placed on administrative leave when the investigation began. The district has since received Karch's resignation.

We take any report seriously involving the safety and well-being of our students and are extremely grateful for the student who came forward to report the concern. We want our students to know how important it is to inform administrators when behaviors of other students don't seem right or things are happening that others know shouldn't be taking place," Superintendent Kim Tunnell said. "These allegations are behaviors that will not be tolerated in Mineola ISD and do not represent our faculty and staff."

Karch is being held under a $40,000 bond. 

Authorities are still investigating the case at this time. 

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