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Princeton ISD teacher accused of sexually assaulting child

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A Princeton ISD teacher has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a child.

Matthew Pappas, 31, is out of jail on 100,000 dollar bond, after being charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Pappas taught math at Clark Junior High School in Princeton. He's also a respected member of Grace Community, a small church in Princeton, where he taught in the children's ministry.

"We referred to him as the Pied Piper," Rich Hooper, Grace Community pastor, said. "Everybody would call him Mr. Pappas and everywhere he went, there was a trail of kids behind him because he was so well loved by these kids."

Pappas isn't suspected of doing anything inappropriate at the church. Police say the victim was a student at a Princeton elementary school where he taught before moving to the junior high.

The arrest affidavit says the alleged assaults happened on two separate occasions at his house in McKinney over a period of four months.

Police say Pappas was not only the girl's teacher, but a close family friend.

The affidavit says the girl, who's under the age of 14, and her siblings would frequently go to Pappas' house to play or watch movies. According to the affidavit, the suspect would wait until the siblings were upstairs, "then he would lie down next to her and begin to touch her."

Police believe this is an isolated incident, and Grace Community's pastor says he knows nothing inappropriate happened at the church.

"I'm confident that nothing happened here at the church just because there's always the power of three,"  Hooper said. "We always make sure that there's never any one teacher alone with one student - there's some accountability there."

Pappas has been suspended from his job with pay. He's no longer working with kids at the church, but members say he's welcome at church service.

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