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A former Whitehouse ISD employee has been charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child with allegations of abusing two underage male victims from 2009 to 2010.
The children were between elementary school and junior high age. The newspaper is not publishing the ages to protect the alleged victims.
William Henry Aldridge, 28, of Tyler, was arrested Nov. 8 and charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14.
The first victim told law enforcement about two incidents of abuse. The child said Aldridge was in his home and allegedly pulled down the victim’s pants and began to masturbate the child. The child said Aldridge allegedly took his hand and made him touch Aldridge’s genitals. The victim then ran out of the room, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
In the second incident with the same victim, Aldridge was serving as a volunteer coach, trainer and equipment manager at Whitehouse High School. He allegedly masturbated the victim again, the arrest affidavit said, but this time in a high school equipment office. The victim got into an argument with Aldridge and the child said told Aldridge he was going to tell. He later told friends that Aldridge touched him, the affidavit stated.
Aldridge was a substitute teacher from 2010 to 2011 at Whitehouse ISD. He’s a 2010 WHS graduate. He was employed at Jacksonville ISD from 2012 to 2018, and returned to Whitehouse ISD in June 2018. Superintendent Christopher Moran told a detective he learned of the allegations on Sept. 30, the affidavit reads.
Aldridge was placed on administrative leave immediately after the district heard the allegations of sexual abuse of children, according to a Whitehouse ISD statement.
Whitehouse school officials confirmed that Aldridge was a part of the football and basketball programs within the district, according to the affidavit.
The second victim, who was allegedly four years younger than the first victim, told the detective Aldridge touched him “in places.” In the first incident, Aldridge tried to pull down the victim’s pants, but the boy did not allow him to do it, the affidavit reads.
Police said Aldridge got the child alone at his home, like the first alleged victim. The affidavit said Aldridge allegedly pulled down the child’s pants and started to touch his genitals in a closed room. The victim ran out to his room and locked the door, according to the report.
When investigators spoke with Aldridge on Oct. 31 this year, Aldridge said he was “touchy feely” and liked to give a lot of hugs to kids. He told authorities he prayed to stop his attraction to men.
Law enforcement told Aldridge what he was being accused of and he denied the abuse allegations, then requested a lawyer, according to the affidavit.
The U.S. Marshal’s Service took him into custody and he has a bond of $500,000, according to Smith County Jail online records.
The district said the charge against Aldridge is not related to his employment at WISD.
“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 WISD statement said. “The Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County provides support for those who need help. Whitehouse ISD offers the ‘Say Something Anonymous Reporting System’ for our students and community to report any concerns.”