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A Muleshoe ISD employee has been placed on administrative leave and has been ordered to stay off school grounds.

The district was informed on Monday, March 8, that William Alan Shelly may have allegedly engaged in illegal conduct toward a student of Muleshoe ISD. Upon the notification from law enforcement, the district placed Shelly on administrative leave and ordered him to stay away from MISD campuses and activities until an investigation is completed.

The district learned on Tuesday, March 9, that Shelly had been charged with enticing a minor.

Shelly was not explicitly named within the body text of the news release issued by the district on Wednesday. But a public information booking sheet from the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office shows Shelly, 61, was in the Lubbock County Detention Center on Wednesday on hold for U.S. Marshals. The booking sheet notes the FBI as an arresting agency. His listed address is in Portales, New Mexico.

Shelly was the Mighty “M” Band director for Muleshoe High School. His first year teaching in Muleshoe was the 2019-2020 school year. He came to the district after having served as band director at Farwell ISD.

A photo of Shelly appeared on Muleshoe ISD’s social media as recent as March 2 but he was not listed as an employee on the district’s website as of Wednesday afternoon.

The report of alleged misconduct was reported to state educator licensing authorities, according to the news release from Muleshoe ISD, which came from the office of Superintendent R.L. Richards. The district notes it will cooperate fully with the investigation by law enforcement.

District employees receive regular training regarding “prohibitions against improper conduct toward children and students” and takes allegations seriously, the news release reads. Students who believe they have experienced conduct that goes against the district’s policies are encouraged to speak up to parents, educators, administrators, the district’s Title IX Coordinator or to Richards.

The district is prohibited from disclosing personnel information and will not provide any additional information on this matter.

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