MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - An elementary school teacher was taken into custody at a Mesa school on Wednesday for sexual assault, according to court documents.

Michael Patrick Driscoll was arrested at Irving Elementary School near Val Vista Drive and Broadway Road around 2:20 p.m.

[WATCH: Parents surprised about Mesa elementary school teacher arrested for sexual assault]

The first day of school was on Tuesday.

According to the school's website, the 49-year-old is a fifth-grade teacher.

"He was very good, he was very kind, and very patient with the kids," said a parent who wanted to remain anonymous.

Her kids were in Driscoll's class last year. 

Court documents said Driscoll sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman after drinking alcohol at a family wake.

[WATCH: New court docs say elementary school teacher in Mesa sexually assaulted teen]

Driscoll was booked into jail on the charge, and his bond was set at $100,000.

Mesa Public Schools said it didn't know anything about the arrest.

"The law enforcement agency has not shared any information about the circumstances leading to the arrest, and the school and district had no prior knowledge that this was going to occur," the district said in a statement.

Detectives with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Apprehension Tactical Enforcement Team, which is part of the FBI Violent Crime Task Force, were the ones who arrested Driscoll.

According to court documents, Driscoll has worked at Irvine Elementary for 10 years.

"For me, it's very, very surprising.  My kids, all the time, expressed good things about him," the parent said.

 


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