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A Texas middle school teacher was indicted on child indecency charges, school district officials said.

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Anthony Nicholas Mattei, 59, was booked into the Collin County Jail on Wednesday and charged with two counts of indecency with a child, according to online booking records. Mattei is a teacher at Curtis Middle School in the Allen Independent School District, KXAS-TV reported.

According to the Allen Police Department, officers received a report in April 2022 about an incident that occurred between August 2021 and September 2021, according to the television station.

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At the time, Mattei was accused of inappropriate touching, KXAS reported. The age and gender of the child were not revealed.

Details about the allegations against Mattei were not immediately available, The Dallas Morning News reported. It was unclear whether Mattei had retained an attorney who could comment.

The school district sent a letter informing parents that they had learned from a third party that a Curtis Middle School teacher had been indicted by a grand jury, but the letter did not name Mattei, according to the newspaper.

The district said its investigation in 2021 was “unable to sustain the allegation,” KXAS reported. However, school district officials said it followed up its investigation by notifying Child Protective Services about the incident.

Mattei was placed on administrative leave during the investigation but then allowed back into the classroom, KTVT reported.

“Until this notification occurred, Allen ISD had not been notified that the teacher had been involved in grand jury proceedings,” the letter said. “Regardless, we made the decision to immediately remove the teacher from the classroom and place the teacher on administrative leave.”

Allen ISD released another statement on Wednesday and named Mattei, KXAS reported.

“In a continued effort to keep the community fully informed regarding the District’s communication yesterday, the District administration is retaining an independent third-party investigator to review the District’s investigation and administrative process associated with the allegations of misconduct against the employee from Curtis Middle School,” the letter stated. “The District can confirm that the employee in question is Tony Mattei. He was hired as a substitute in 2019, and became a classroom teacher in August of 2021.”

District officials said they will be hiring an independent, third-party investigator to review the way the district handled the investigation, KTVT reported.