A former teacher with the Quinlan Independent School District has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to an indictment alleging he had an improper relationship with a student.
Arthur V, Galope Jr., 44, of Quinlan, was indicted by a Hunt County grand jury in January on one count of improper relationship between educator and student and he had pleaded not guilty.
Galope entered an open plea of guilty last week during a two-day hearing in the 196th District Court.
An open plea means no plea bargain agreement has been arranged in the case and that Galope is subject to the full range of punishment.
After the hearing, Judge Andrew Bench sentenced Galope to 20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division.
Galope was arrested on the charge in March 2019 and was released on $150,000 bond.
Quinlan ISD Police Chief Steve Walden said his department received information on March 12, 2019, that an improper relationship was occurring between an educator and student at Ford High School and immediately began an investigation.
“Through numerous interviews and the gathering of evidence, QISD PD arrested Arthur V. Galope Jr. on March 15,” Walden said. “We would like to thank those who suspected this was occurring for coming forward and the Quinlan ISD for their full cooperation in this investigation.”
Quinlan ISD Superintendent Jeff Irvin indicated Galope also tendered his resignation on March 12, 2019.
The charge Galope was facing was a second-degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of two to 20 years in prison.