Sexually explicit Snapchat messages lead to former Donna educator’s arrest

A mother’s discovery of sexually explicit photos and videos sent on her daughter’s phone resulted in the arrest of a coaching assistant at a Donna elementary school.

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29-year-old Mark Aguirre on Tuesday and charged the man with one count of improper relationship between an educator and a student and three counts of sexual assault of a child.

Aguirre, who according to the Donna school district resigned as a teacher’s aid last month, is currently being held on $325,000 in bonds.

A probable cause affidavit states that on Aug. 27 a woman told authorities that she took her 16-year-old daughter’s phone after learning she was messaging a family friend on Snapchat.

The mother also found messages between her daughter and Aguirre setting up a time for them to have sex.

She confronted her daughter, who admitted to having sex with the man on several occasions.

The teenager was taken to the Children’s Advocacy Center in Edinburg where she told authorities what happened.

The probable cause affidavit states that the offense began around Feb. 15.

Donna ISD on Wednesday issued a statement to the M. Rivas Elementary “community.”

“M. Rivas Elementary has been made aware of the recent arrest of a former teacher assistant,” the statement read. “We want our community to know that the accused individual no longer works at our campus. We would also like to inform you that the allegation reportedly occurred elsewhere, outside of school grounds. None of our students were ever in any danger. Please know that the safety of our students is our number one priority.”

Editor’s note: This story was updated to include a statement from Donna ISD.