27% increase of inappropriate student-teacher relationship investigations in Texas

Oct 30, 2014 by

Investigations by the Texas Education Agency into alleged student-teacher relationships have increased by more than 25 percent in three school years, according to a news release.

The number of investigations jumped from 141 during the 2009-10 academic year to 179 in 2013-14.

On Monday, a 24-year-old teaching assistant with the Northside Independent School District resigned after being accused of having inappropriate online communications with a 16-year-old girl at Brennan High School, a district official said.

The man, Dejon Elliott Taylor, resigned after he reported to work and district officials confronted him with the allegations that were made by the student’s mother, said NISD spokesman Pascual Gonzalez.

Ashley Zehnder, a former teacher at Pasadena High School, resigned from the school on Oct. 9. Zehnder, 24, began a sexual relationship with a male student in late May, at the end of the last school year, according to Harris County court documents.

Under the Texas Penal Code, a school district employee commits a second-degree felony if they engage in sexual contact with a student who is not their spouse, even if that student is 18 years of age.

That’s punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

27% increase of inappropriate student-teacher relationship investigations in Texas – Houston Chronicle.

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