Walls Elementary teacher’s assistant charged with fondling

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — A Desoto County teacher's assistant has been charged with fondling by a person in a position of trust.

Francis Karl Respess worked at Walls Elementary School.

The 60-year-old was charged and booked into the Desoto County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Respess is no longer an employee with DeSoto County Schools, the district said in a statement.

"School and district officials are working with local law enforcement during this ongoing investigation. Walls Elementary School parents were notified of the arrest via email by school officials," spokeswoman Katherine Nelson said.