Former Mercedes coach arrested for improper relationship with student

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David Bryan Reyes,

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with statements from Mercedes ISD and the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office.

MERCEDES, Texas (KVEO)— A former Mercedes coach was arrested for having an improper relationship with a student.

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David Bryan Reyes, 53, was arrested Tuesday by the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO).

Reyes was employed by the Mercedes Independent School District as a boys head coach in Sgt. Willliam G. Harrell middle school, according to the school website.

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According to the HCSO, an investigation revealed Reyes gave a minor items of a sexual nature and made several verbal sexual advances, while employed with the district.

Reyes was arraigned on Wednesday on a second-degree felony, improper relationship between educator/student. His bond was set at $250,000, public records show.

Mercedes ISD released the following statement to KVEO on this matter:

All matters dealing with students and personnel at Mercedes ISD are taken seriously, with respect to privacy, and addressed in accordance with Mercedes ISD policies. As of March 2021, the individual in question is no longer employed with MISD. All student and personnel matters are addressed in accordance with Mercedes ISD policies.

Carolyn A. Mendiola, Superintendent of Schools

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the HCSO at (956) 383-8114, or to leave an annonymous tip at the Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers Hotline at (956) 668-8477.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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