A former Fox C-6 School District elementary school teacher has been charged with a felony for allegedly sexually abusing a third-grade student. The alleged incident happened in 2014 at Guffey Elementary School, according to court papers.

Matthew P. Schumacher, 39, who previously lived in Imperial, allegedly touched the student inappropriately during class on the final day of the 2013-2014 school year, the probable-cause statement said.

The incident was reported in June 2019, and nearly a year later, on May 29, he was charged with statutory sodomy, an unclassified felony punishable by 10 years to life in prison if the victim is younger than 12 years old, and the alleged victim was younger than that when the abuse reportedly occurred, according to the probable-cause statement and court records.

Schumacher’s attorney, Scott Rosenblum, did not return a call for comment.

An abuse allegation was made against Schumacher at least once before the 2014 incident, and after he left the Fox district, he was accused of sexual abuse while teaching at the Comal School District in New Braunfels, Texas, which is near San Antonio, the probable-cause statement said.

Schumacher worked in the Fox C-6 School District from 2006 to 2018. He taught third, fifth and sixth grades at Guffey Elementary from 2006 to 2017 before teaching social studies at Ridgewood Middle School during the 2017-2018 school year.

“The district learned through media reports June 17 that a former teacher has been charged with felony misconduct that is reported to have occurred in 2013-2014 while he was employed by Fox,” the district said in a statement. “The district has not been contacted by the prosecutor’s office regarding the charges, but will provide its full cooperation with the prosecutor and law enforcement as the process moves forward.

“Even as the district learns more, it will be limited by state and federal law regarding the information it can provide to the public. However, law enforcement and the prosecutor’s office do not have similar limitations and more information may be available through those sources. Nevertheless, if the district can provide more information as it becomes available, it will certainly do so.

“While the district cannot share specific information about any previous complaints, all allegations are taken seriously and are thoroughly investigated. The district reports allegations to outside authorities when appropriate as well, just as it reported these allegations to the Missouri Department of Social Services' Children's Division when the allegations were first brought to its attention. The district also reaffirms our commitment to the safety and well-being of every student in the district at all times, and we appreciate the dedication of the entire school community to this commitment."

Fox Superintendent Nisha Patel said student safety and security is the district’s top priority.

“We care deeply about all of our students and take very seriously that parents have entrusted their children to our school community,” she said.

Schumacher’s Missouri teaching certificate expired in 2018, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education records said.

He then received a teaching certificate in Texas in 2018. That certificate is valid through 2023, according to Texas State Board of Education records.

Schumacher was reprimanded for an unlisted reason by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification in November 2019, according to that board’s records.