School janitor arrested on indecency with a child charges - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

School janitor arrested on indecency with a child charges

Posted: Updated:
Mugshot of former Denton ISD janitor Ambrocio Mata. (credit: Denton Co.Sheriff’s Office) Mugshot of former Denton ISD janitor Ambrocio Mata. (credit: Denton Co.Sheriff’s Office)

DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas middle school janitor is behind bars today charged with Indecency with a Child/Sexual Contact.

Ambrocio Mata was arrested on November 1. Police say Mata, who turned 62-years-old today, had inappropriate sexual contact with a 12-year-old male student on the campus of Calhoun Middle School, in the Denton Independent School District.

According to an arrest affidavit, a school administrator contacted the campus police officer to inform him that a female custodian at Calhoun had seen a student locked in the custodian's closet with Mata on October 22. One week after that incident, a male custodian at Calhoun contacted the campus officer after finding Mata and a student in a classroom alone, after school.

The custodian said Mata and the student had been standing very close to each other before realizing he was in the room. When he saw the other custodian, the student ran away from Mata and across the room. The student said he was in the room to meet a teacher and Mr. Mata claimed he didn't know the child and had only approached him to ask a question. The classroom where the two were found was for 8th grade students; the child found in the room was a 7th grade student.

The janitor who found the two alone took the boy to the office of the campus officer. While there the boy became very upset, but continued to claim he was in the room to meet a teacher for tutoring. He child was then asked about the incident in the custodian's closet. Initially the boy denied knowledge of anything, but then said he had helped a woman put a bucket in the closet and that is when Mr. Mata got very close to him and made him feel uncomfortable.

The arrest affidavit states that given the events over that past week, school officials examined school surveillance video from October 22. They saw several disturbing incidents, including Mata and the student hugging and kissing in a stairwell, what appeared to be a near sodomy act and Mata and the student eventually leaving the stairs and going to the custodian's closet. The video also showed that three minutes after entering the closet another custodian unlocked the door and found Mata with the student, who ran from the closet and went to class.

When interviewed by a representative from the Child Advocacy Center for Denton County the student said there was a "creepy" janitor at the school that made him feel uncomfortable. After being shown the surveillance from the school stairwell the student said the janitor had threatened him.

Denton police arrested Ambrocio Mata at his home and district officials said he was immediately terminated. A statement issued by the district said, in part, "Denton ISD officials are working closely with Denton police to thoroughly investigate this incident and will continue to respond in a way that protects the safety and security of all students."

Mata has a past criminal history that includes three Driving While Intoxicated charges, charges for illegal dumping and prosecution for the unlawful carrying of a weapon.

Mata was transferred from the Denton Police Department to the Denton County Jail on November 4. He is being held there on $250,000 bond.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Tyler Police investigate aggravated robbery

    Tyler Police investigate aggravated robbery

    Thursday, April 24 2014 8:34 AM EDT2014-04-24 12:34:59 GMT
    Tyler Police are looking for the people responsible for robbing a man early Thursday morning. It happened around 12:30 am in the in the 1100 block of N. Albertson. More >>
    Tyler Police are looking for the people responsible for robbing a man early Thursday morning. It happened around 12:30 am in the in the 1100 block of N. Albertson. More >>
  • Tyler Police searching for early morning robber

    Tyler Police searching for early morning robber

    Tyler Police searching for early morning robber

    Monday, April 21 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-04-21 21:53:35 GMT
    Tyler Police need your help finding an early morning robbery suspect. A woman says a robber tackled her to the ground and stole her purse. More >>
    Tyler Police need your help finding an early morning robbery suspect. A woman says a robber tackled her to the ground and stole her purse. More >>
  • Cherokee County woman found dead in driveway, husband charged with murder

    Cherokee County woman found dead in driveway, husband charged with murder

    Monday, April 21 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-04-21 21:31:33 GMT
    Cedric Dewayne ThompsonCedric Dewayne Thompson
    CHEROKEE CO. (KYTX) - On Sunday April 20, 2014 at approximately 9:35am Kayla Nicole Thompson (27 years of age) was found deceased in the driveway of her residence, located in the 1500 block of County Road 3201 just West of Lake Jacksonville.More >>
    CHEROKEE CO. (KYTX) - On Sunday April 20, 2014 at approximately 9:35am Kayla Nicole Thompson (27 years of age) was found deceased in the driveway of her residence, located in the 1500 block of County Road 3201 just West of Lake Jacksonville.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2004 - 2014, WorldNow and KYTX, Owned and Operated by London Broadcasting Company.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.