(Marion) -- A former Marion ISD teacher will be spending the next 15 years behind bars. The sentence was handed down Wednesday to 44-year-old Kyle Kelso.
Jennifer C. Smith, first assistant county attorney, says sentencing was held in the courtroom of 2nd 25th Judicial Judge W.C. “Bud” Kirkendall at the Guadalupe County Justice Center.
“Judge Kirkendall today sentenced Kyle Kelso to 15 years each on 3 counts of sexual assault of a child, and 10 years on 1 count of improper educator/student relationship after the defendant pled guilty on all counts. The defendant must serve at least one half of the sentence in the sexual assault cases before he will be eligible for parole. All sentences will run concurrent. In addition, the defendant will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life,” said Smith.
Kelso was initially arrested in the fall of 2015 after a Marion ISD student told investigators at the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office that she and Kelso had a “sexual relationship.” He was later arrested after evidence was found to support the case.
In May of this year, a second victim was identified. He again was arrested and jailed.
Smith says the county hopes that this week’s sentencing sends a message to the rest of the community.
“I acknowledge the courage of the victims in this case in addition to their families for their cooperation with the investigation. In addition, the Guadalupe County Child Advocacy Center played a crucial role in interviewing the children in this investigation. Finally, credit goes to the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office for their hard work and devotion to this case. I am hopeful this outcome sends a message that children in our community deserve to be protected from predators from all walks of life, including adults in positions of trust and authority with children,” said Kelso.
Officials say the names of the victims were withheld throughout this process in hopes of protecting their identities.