Marble Falls ISD employee, ex-fire chief arrested in child porn case

DEAVON DELANCEY

FROM STAFF REPORTS

COTTONWOOD SHORES — A former Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department chief and Marble Falls school employee is the target of a Texas Attorney General’s Office and Texas Rangers investigation regarding possible inappropriate photos taken on school property.

The Texas Rangers arrested Deavon DeLancey, 30, of Cottonwood Shores on June 5 and charged him with aggravated sexual assault of a child and possession of child pornography.

Marble Falls Independent School District officials stated the attorney general’s office contacted the district June 5 regarding the man and the investigation.

“A component of the investigation is that the employee had taken inappropriate videos and/or pictures of Marble Falls (Independent School District) students in district bathrooms and dressing facilities,” according to a district statement.

All the evidence regarding the investigation has been turned over to law enforcement. MFISD officials stated that if a student’s image had been inappropriately captured, officials would contact the student’s parents.

MFISD officials said the individual “will no longer be an employee of the district.” The suspect was not a teacher but worked in the district’s technology department.

After the revelation, MFISD and law enforcement officials searched all the district campuses and facilities and found no inappropriate recording devices. According to the MFISD statement, officials felt the facilities at that time were safe for students and staff.

In August or September 2013, Cottonwood Shores Police Chief Harold Piatt said he became aware of an allegation regarding the suspect, but, because of the type of alleged crime, he referred it to the Texas Rangers.

A Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson confirmed the Texas Rangers had been investigating the case for several months before the suspect’s arrest but couldn’t divulge any further information.

DeLancey resigned as the Cottonwood Shores VFD fire chief in January.

According to MFISD officials, the district will remain in contact with law enforcement during the investigation.

“They will need some time to sort through the evidence, but, as we gain additional information, we will keep the appropriate parties informed,” the MFISD release stated.

Anybody with information relevant to the case should call the Marble Falls Police Department at (830) 693-3611. Anybody with concerns or questions specific to this situation may call MFISD at (830) 693-4357, and he or she will be directed to the proper person.

“The unfortunate action of any one individual is not a reflection of this great community,” MFISD officials stated through the release. “This community and the staff of Marble Falls ISD care passionately about our children. Marble Falls ISD will continually strive to provide a safe learning environment for our students.”

DeLancey was booked into the Burnet County Jail and is being held in lieu of bonds totaling $1.1 million.

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