A former school official who worked in districts
across Central Texas has been arrested in Arizona, where he stands
accused him of soliciting young girls for sex, the Phoenix-area Pinal
County sheriff’s office said.
Karl Waggoner was arrested Tuesday near Four Peaks
Elementary School in Arizona, where he had just begun his job as
principal this summer, the sheriff’s office said. Waggoner is charged
with luring a minor for sex, Arizona records show.
Sheriff Mark Lamb of Pinal County, Ariz., told the
American-Statesman that he is not aware of any ongoing investigations
concerning Karl Waggoner, who worked in the Round Rock, Eanes and Austin
school districts, but that his agency has been in touch with Round Rock
police and the attorney general office’s internet crimes against
children task force.
He said investigators contacted Texas authorities both before and after Waggoner’s arrest.
“We want to make sure they are aware of what’s going on out
here,” Lamb said. “We are making them aware of what we have, and we have
extended our services to them in case they do have something. We are
all about protecting our residents, and especially the children in our
community. Anytime we have something like this come up, we want to make
sure there are no other victims out there, and not just here in our
county, and not just here in our state.”
Waggoner worked in the Austin school district for one year,
from August 2013 to August 2014, as the assistant principal at Anderson
High School from August 2013 to June 2014, and briefly as the high
school’s academy director from July 1, 2014 to August 22, 2014.
Austin district officials said “there were no disciplinary actions while he was employed” in the district.
Waggoner left Austin to work in the Round Rock district,
serving as a principal from 2014 to 2016 at Hopewell Middle School and
Stony Point High School.
In a letter to parents Wednesday morning, Superintendent Steve
Flores said he must share “troubling news,” but assured parents at both
schools “we have no reason to believe your child has been harmed or put
According to the letter, Waggoner left Hopewell in August 2016,
before the start of the school year, after requesting a reassignment
and being named associate director of administrative projects, a
position at central administration. Waggoner left the Round Rock
district earlier this year and recently had been hired as principal of
Four Peaks Elementary in Arizona.
“We want to emphasize to our parents, students and staff that
we have no indication that Mr. Waggoner engaged in inappropriate conduct
with students while employed by Round Rock ISD or in his previous
employment,” Flores said. “Mr. Waggoner, who previously worked in Eanes
and Austin Independent School Districts, had decades of experience in
Texas public schools and no prior arrests or criminal history when hired
by Round Rock ISD.”
Flores also told parents that if they have any information that
could lead to an investigation related to Waggoner’s time in Round
Rock, to contact law enforcement, the district’s director of safety and
security, at firstname.lastname@example.org or to use the district’s Anonymous Alerts program, roundrockisd.org/anonymousalerts.
The Eanes Independent School District released the following
statement about Waggoner: “We are dismayed to hear of former principal
Mr. Karl Waggoner's arrest in Arizona today. Mr. Waggoner worked as an
assistant principal at Hill Country Middle School, a principal at West
Ridge Middle School and an assistant principal at Westlake High School
“At no time during his approximately 18 years in Eanes ISD was
there any indication of inappropriate behavior with students. Prior to
his hire, he passed all criminal background checks,” the Eanes statement
said. “As a cautionary measure, however, we ask any current or former
students to contact Eanes ISD Human Resources if they have information
that could lead to an investigation related to Mr. Waggoner's time in
Original post, Tuesday, Sept. 5: A man who previously worked as a
principal at school districts in Austin, Westlake and Round Rock has
been arrested in Arizona after law enforcement accused him of soliciting
young girls for sex, the Phoenix-area Pinal County sheriff’s office
Karl Waggoner was arrested Tuesday near Four Peaks
Elementary School, the Phoenix-area school where he had just begun his
job as principal this summer, the sheriff’s office said. Waggoner is
charged with luring a minor for sex, Arizona records show.
Waggoner spent nine years as West Ridge Middle
School’s principal at the Eanes school district before he was reassigned
to be Westlake High School’s assistant principal in 2012.
He worked for a time as Anderson High School’s
associate principal, and in 2014, the Round Rock school district hired
him to be Hopewell Middle School’s principal until 2016, when the Round
Rock district named him the associate director of administrative
Authorities said they found online ads believed to
have been posted by Waggoner soliciting young girls to go skinny dipping
with him at his home, the sheriff’s office said. After finding this, a
Pinal County sheriff's office detective conducted an undercover
investigation, pretending to be a 14-year-old girl, and began
communicating with Waggoner.
Waggoner engaged in "sexually inappropriate
conversations" and "discussed engaging in sexual acts" with the
undercover detective and provided sexually explicit photos, the
sheriff’s office said.
The sheriff’s office in Arizona is working with Texas
law enforcement agencies to investigate whether Waggoner may have
committed similar acts there, the sheriff’s office said.
Waggoner is still an employee with the Arizona school
district but is not performing any job duties for the district while
the investigation continues, the Arizona school district wrote in a letter to parents. An assistant principal at a nearby school will take over Waggoner’s job.
“Even up until this weekend, Mr. Waggoner was posting
ads online soliciting young girls for sex,” Pinal County Sheriff Mark
Lamb said in a statement. “Waggoner held a position of trust, spending
decades educating middle and high school students in Texas. We are
working with those law enforcement agencies to see if there are any
victims out there. Considering the evidence, we are grateful we were
able to arrest Waggoner and keep him from victimizing children in our