Former band director handed eight years

Former Poteet ISD band director Jose Rodriguez accepts plea deal, sentenced to eight years in prison for improper relations with a student



Jose G. Rodriguez (left) listens to Senior Judge Lynn Ellison on Tuesday morning as he accepts a plea deal sending him to prison for eight years after an investigation found he engaged in improper relations with a student and committed indecency with a child by sexual contact. Rodriguez was represented by his attorney Edmond Karam (right). DANIEL ELIZONDO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Jose G. Rodriguez (left) listens to Senior Judge Lynn Ellison on Tuesday morning as he accepts a plea deal sending him to prison for eight years after an investigation found he engaged in improper relations with a student and committed indecency with a child by sexual contact. Rodriguez was represented by his attorney Edmond Karam (right). DANIEL ELIZONDO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

After three years of court dates, Jose G. Rodriguez was sent to prison after the former Poteet Band Director entered into a plea deal offered by the 81st DA’s office on Tuesday morning.

Rodriguez accepted the sentence of eight years in prison following a no-contest plea in front of Senior District Judge Lynn Ellison and his representing attorney Edmond Karam.

The plea deal offered was for eight years on improper relationship between educator and student, and eight years on indecency with a child by sexual contact. Rodriguez pled no-contest to both charges and will serve both sentences concurrently.

Rodriguez, 63, initially turned himself in to authorities on Oct. 21, 2021 after two warrants were issued for his arrest on that same day by the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office following an investigation.

He was indicted on Oct. 7, 2021 by an Atascosa County Grand Jury and charged with improper relationship between educator and student, and indecency with a child by sexual contact, both second degree felonies.

An investigation was performed by the Texas Rangers after a high school student reported Rodriguez.

After he was sentenced, the DA’s office read a victim impact statement written by the victim, who was present during the sentencing.

“My life has changed since you did what you did. Because of you, I was harassed and looked down upon. I went into a depression for a while because I thought it was my fault. But as time went by, I realized I wasn’t wrong. What was supposed to be the greatest time of my life, it became the worst because of you. You took my music career from me. You were supposed to teach me and protect me, instead you hurt me and made me feel uncomfortable. You should have never been able to become a teacher. You disgust me and I hope you spend the next eight years wishing you did better than you did.”

Poteet ISD Superintendent Charles Camarillo immediately fired Rodriguez from his position in which he said an investigation into Rodriguez began two weeks prior to his arrest. Rodriguez was hired as Poteet ISD band director in 2018.

“We are proud of the victim for having the bravery to speak up in this case,” the DA’s office said. “This defendant not only hurt the children in this case, but also violated the trust of the entire community.”

According to Camarillo, Rodriguez was a band director in La Pryor prior to accepting the position in Poteet.

“We trust our children to educators and this defendant used that position to prey upon those very children,” the DA’s office added. “We are grateful for the work of the Poteet ISD police department and the Texas Rangers for their work on the case.”

Judge Ellison asked for Rodriguez to be incarcerated following the sentencing. After he serves time, he must register as a sex offender.

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