By: Sarah Snyder
MIDLAND - Angel Ramirez, the Midland School District Police Officer arrested on Wednesday, has now been fired from the force.
He's accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old student and sexually assaulting her. The Midland School District sent NewsWest 9 a statement on Thursday, but they wouldn't comment on camera about the arrest.
In that statement, M.I.S.D. Officials say Angel Ramirez has been fired.
Midland police officers arrested Ramirez on Wednesday for sexual assault of a minor and an inappropriate student-educator relationship.
NewsWest 9 has also learned that Ramirez worked at Goddard Junior High.
"They asked for our assistance in investigating the incident," Lt. Tony Dickie, with the Midland Police Department, said. "We became involved, assigned 2 detectives to the case and began following leads at that point."
At about 10:00 on Wednesday morning, Midland Police responded to a call by M.I.S.D. officials regarding alleged inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old student, and by Wednesday evening they had all the information they needed to make an arrest.
"This is a very sensitive situation for us, it's a sensitive situation for M.I.S.D. and the public," Lt. Dickie said. "Our job at this point and what we're doing at this point is fully investigating this case. We will uncover every avenue and make this as thorough an investigation as possible and present a well-prepared case to the district attorney's office."
Midland city police tell NewsWest 9, they frequently work with the School District Police Department.
"We have a very close relationship with the M.I.S.D. police," Lt. Dickie said. "There's many times they're involved in investigations they need our assistance on, and there's many investigations we're involved in we need their assistance on, so we have a great relationship with them. And this particular situation, it involved one of their employees, a police officer."
Lt. Dickie says these are second degree felony charges, if convicted, Ramirez could face between 4-40 years behind bars.
"The public has their faith and trust in individuals that they allow to carry a gun and badge around, we have the ability to take someone's freedom, we have the ability to take someone's money, we have the ability to take someone's life, so there's a lot entrusted in this profession," Lt. Dickie said. "Anytime a situation like this occurs, it's a black eye for all of us."
On Wednesday night, NewsWest 9 told you about Ramirez' arrest for family violence back in 2004. On Thursday, NewsWest 9 spoke with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and they said the Midland School District may have known about that arrest, but because it wasn't a conviction it wouldn't necessarily keep him from getting a job.
Ramirez is a certified state police officer. He began working for school district last July after going through a background check.