WHITEHOUSE, Texas — A former Whitehouse Independent School District employee has been arrested for continuous sexual abuse of a child.

According to Smith County judicial records, William Henry Aldridge, 28, was taken into custody by the United States Marshals Service on Friday and booked into the Smith County Jail on $500,000 bond.

In a statement, Whitehouse ISD confirmed Aldridge's arrest. The district says as soon as they were made aware of the allegations against Aldridge, he was placed on administrative leave. He has since been terminated. School officials say the charges are not related to his employment at Whitehouse iSD.

"Whitehouse ISD believes everyone has a right to a safe and caring environment and encourages parents to use this as an opportunity to visit with their children about the importance of recognizing and reporting any form of abuse," the district said. "The Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County provides support for those who need help. Whtiehouse ISD offers the 'Say Something Anonymous Reporting System' for out students and community to report any concerns."

Aldridge served as an aide at Brown Elementary School prior to his termination.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A mugshot for Aldridge was unavailable at the time of publication.