Jose Daniel Estrada, a math teacher at Falls Church’s Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School arrested last Friday on charges of aggravated sexual battery involving two female students at the school, had his bond set at $25,000 at the Arlington Juvenile Court Wednesday. He is being held at Arlington Detention Center and has not yet entered a plea. His next court date is set for March 28 in the Falls Church court.
Conditions of bail for Estrada were established that he have no contact with unrelated minors and he cannot teach. He had not posted bond as of press time last night, but his release has been stayed pending a Commonwealth appeal on the bond to the circuit court.
According to a statement from a Falls Church City Schools spokesman received yesterday, following his arrest and in accordance with state law, Estrada’s pay was placed in an escrow account pending the outcome of the case. He will be paid through June 30, as the Falls Church School Board voted in a brief closed session Tuesday night not to renew his contract, but as the investigation is ongoing, further action is possible.
Estrada, 36, has been listed as a teacher at the Henderson Middle School since July 2015. He was arrested Feb. 17, and charged with two counts of felony aggravated sexual battery after one of the victims made a report to the school on Jan. 17. According to police, the victims are two female students.
In a statement from the Falls Church Schools, Director of Communications John Brett said Estrada was immediately removed from assignment and placed on leave. He was listed as a sixth grade math teacher at Mary Ellen Henderson on the school’s web site.
Falls Church City Public Schools released the following statement last Friday after police announced Estrada’s arrest:
“Falls Church City Public Schools has been notified that a Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School teacher, Jose Estrada, was arrested today for aggravated sexual battery of two students.
“As soon as allegations were brought to our attention on January 17th, Falls Church City Police and Child Protective Services were immediately notified by FCCPS, and the teacher removed from the classroom and placed on leave. This action enabled FCCPS to ensure the safety of its students while also reserving judgment on the employee.
“As a result, at the time of the arrest, the employee was not at the school nor in contact with students.
“Falls Church City Public Schools has been fully cooperating with the Police and CPS, and will continue to do so as their investigations continue. FCCPS is committed to supporting the students and families involved – as well as all of its students and staff members. At the same time, we want to ensure the privacy of any students involved.
“Student Services staff will be available at Mary Ellen Henderson throughout the day for students and staff today, and on February 21, 2017 when school resumes.
“If you or any students have additional information relevant to this investigation, you are urged to contact the Falls Church City Police at 703-248-5327.”
Police detectives believe there may be other victims and ask that anyone whose child might have had inappropriate contact with Estrada or with information about the case, contact the City of Falls Church Police at 703-248-5327.