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Hamlin teacher in court after child sex assault charge

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Posted at 11:52 AM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 18:09:15-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A local middle school teacher accused of sexual assault of a child and having an improper relationship with a student was in court this morning.

The charges against Hamlin social studies teacher Anthony Quintanilla were read to him this morning, and the conditions of his $300,000 bond were set in a later hearing less than an hour ago. Those conditions include that he submit to GPS monitoring, he have no contact with his victim or with his victim's family, no contact with anyone under 17 and that he not access the Internet or social media.

"Looks like you're facing some serious charges here," said 105th District Court Judge Jack Pulcher told Quintanilla.

Quintanilla surrendered himself to Nueces County officials Wednesday. He is being represented by local attorney Rey Pena.

Anthony Quintanilla is the estranged husband of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi President and CEO Dr. Kelly M. Quintanilla. Kelly Quintanilla released a statement concerning Anthony Quintanilla's arrest Wednesday evening through the university.

“I want to state that I had no knowledge of the allegations made against Mr. Quintanilla," it reads. "We lived apart for two years and are in the process of a divorce. If I had known or suspected any wrongdoing, I would have reported it to the authorities immediately. This is the only statement I will make regarding this situation and I ask for privacy for my daughter during this difficult time.”

KRIS Communications reached out to CCISD police regarding the case Wednesday, but were told by Chief Kirby Warnke that he wouldn't comment on an ongoing investigation.