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Dripping Springs teacher arrested for improper relationship with students faces additional charges

Sierra Martin | Managing Editor

HAYS COUNTY — A middle school teacher and coach from Dripping Springs ISD was arrested in May 2022 for having an improper relationship with multiple students. The teacher, 30-year-old Kevin James McLean, is facing additional charges totaling 20 against him.

Kevin James McLean. Photo attributed to Hays County Jail Records.

According to Hays County Jail records, McLean was arrested on new charges related to the investigation into his improper relationship with students on June 5, 2022. The additional charges include the sale and distribution of harmful material to a minor, the delivery of marijuana to a minor and manufacturing of a dangerous drug. McLean was released on June 14 with over $200,000 of surley bond payments from the latest charges. 

When McLean was initially arrested in May 2022, he was charged with the Sale, Distribution, or Display of Harmful Materials to a Minor and the Distribution of a Controlled Substance to a Minor.

According to the district, on April 27, DSISD placed McLean on leave and immediately removed his access to DSISD campuses and students related to alleged improper social media posts.

Through the investigation, officials have learned that McLean had sent the juvenile victims inappropriate images through the application Snapchat. Additionally, it was discovered McLean provided the juvenile victims with both nicotine and THC vapes.

Sheriff Gary Cutler would like to remind parents to monitor their children’s safe use of phones, tablets, and computers. Unfortunately, circumstances such as these occur as more and more people have access to the latest technology; however, understanding the importance of safe use is paramount.

If you have information regarding this investigation, contact Sergeant Mark Opiela with the Hays County Sheriff’s Office at 512-393-7896. You can also contact Crime Stoppers anonymously by calling 1-800-324-8466 or you can submit your information online to Tip Line P3tips.com as well as submit a tip on the Hays County Sheriff’s Office App.

This is an ongoing investigation, and the HCSO will not release any additional information. San Marcos Corridor News will provide updates as they are made available.

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