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CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- A substitute teacher arrested on school grounds last week on an out-of-state warrant is free on bond after a Coles County court hearing this morning.

Adrian Rivas, 39, agreed to voluntarily return to Texas. He is out of jail on bond.

More information will be posted as soon as it is available from the court hearing.

Rivas, a substitute teacher with the Charleston school district, was arrested Feb. 8 by the U.S. Marshals Service on a Texas warrant for being a fugitive from justice on a charge of indecency with a child, as the JG-TC previously reported.

U.S. Marshals Service contacted district officials Feb. 8 with information that Rivas, an at-will substitute teacher in the district, was wanted as a fugitive from justice for arrest in Texas on outstanding felony charges. District officials cooperated with the U.S. Marshals Service and Charleston Police Department, and Rivas was taken into custody.

Detective Sgt. Tony West of the CPD told the JG-TC last week that Rivas was arrested while he was working at Jefferson Elementary School, but law enforcement personnel took him into custody outside of the school building.

West said the warrant was issued out of Montgomery County, Texas. Coles County State's Attorney Brian Bower said the warrant was issued on Jan. 19 and the face of the warrant document listed indecency with a child as being the State of Texas charge that led to the warrant being issued.

A Charleston school district press release last week reported that every employee in the district, including Rivas, must undergo and pass a criminal background check that includes FBI fingerprinting as a condition of employment. The district reported that Rivas worked intermittently as a substitute teacher from Oct. 18 until Feb. 8 and that his arrest was not related to his employment in the district.

Local officials said they believe that the felony charges against Rivas were filed and the arrest warrant was issued sometime after he passed his background check with the school district.

Press release

In this screen capture of the Charleston School District website taken Friday, a press release about the arrest of Adrian Rivas is shown. 


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