A 24-year-old Texas middle school teacher is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old male student, prosecutors say.
Alexandria Vera, of Spring, Texas had the boy as a student at the start of the 2015 school year and became pregnant in January, KHOU-TV reports. She had an abortion after the investigation began, authorities said.
She has been placed on administrative leave from her position as an English teacher at Stovall Middle School in the Aldine Independent School District, which serves parts of Harris County, including portions of Houston. The victim is an eighth grader who has since turned 14, police say.
Vera has not yet been taken into custody and Houston police are searching for her.
Vera, an English teacher, admitted to conducting a sexual relationship with the student since last September, authorities said. A report said the student was in her eighth-grade English class. The DA’s office said the officer received school records showing the student to be younger than 14 when Vera began the sexual relationship.
Vera told the officer that she first met the student during a summer school session. The DA’s office said the student tried to communicate with the teacher on Instagram. She later sent a message to the student after he didn’t show up for class, which led to the student asking for her phone number, prosecutors said.
Vera said the student asked if the two of them could hang out and she agreed, according to court documents. She told an officer that she drove to the student’s house to pick up the boy, and they drove around and kissed in the car, court documents say.
Vera said she drove to the student’s house again the next day because the student’s parents were not home, the report says. According to the report, Vera said that was the first time when she and the boy had sex. Officials believe that was in September.
Vera said the student’s parents not only knew about the relationship, they approved of it and allowed the teen to spend the night at Vera’s home in Spring, where they engaged in sex on a regular basis, according to court documents. She told an investigator that she would drop him off at home in the morning so he could catch the bus to Stovall Middle School, prosecutors said.
Vera told an officer that the school had an open house in October, when she met the student’s parents. After the open house, Vera went to the student’s home and was introduced as his girlfriend to his parents. According to the report, Vera said the parents were accepting of their relationship and she was invited to family gatherings.
Parents to whom we spoke were in disbelief.
“(It’s) horrible for any father or any family member going through this situation,” Gerson Bonilla said. “When you send your kid to the school you think everything will be safe for them and everything. But I think this is something that is serious that needs to be investigated.”
Vera told investigators that the relationship with the student grew, and they continued to have sex and spend time together. According to court reports, Vera said she got pregnant with the student’s baby in January. She told the officer that the student’s family was told about the pregnancy and that they were supportive and excited about the baby, prosecutors said.
Court documents said Vera had an abortion because she got nervous when Child Protective Services showed up at school in February to question her and the student about their relationship. The DA’s office said Vera denied the relationship then.
An officer did a forensic examination of Vera’s phone. According to the report, many messages between the teacher and the student were consistent with what she had said.
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