A teacher in Texas accused of getting pregnant during an alleged sexual relationship with a 13-year-old pupil has been arrested after turning herself in to police. Alexandria Vera, a 24-year-old English teacher in the Aldine School District, allegedly told school district officials that she met the boy during summer school last year and began a sexual relationship with him in September.
She became pregnant with his child in January, according to police. When she told the boy's parents, they were "very supportive and excited", she told a school district investigator, court documents show.
Ms Vera, who was removed from her job in April, reportedly became nervous and got an abortion after Child Protective Services questioned her and the student in February, according to court documents.
The teacher, who went missing before police could arrest her, turned herself in to Montgomery County police on Wednesday. Brady Fitzgerald, Sheriff's spokesman, said she posted a $100,000 bond and was released. She is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child.
Ms Vera claimed she and the teenager were in love, and that she had been introduced to his family as his girlfriend, court documents state. Parents at the school said they were horrified by the allegations. "I have chills just because of this - just think that the teacher would even do something like this,"
Gerson Bonilla told "(It's) horrible for any father or any family member going through this situation. 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."
One student told Eyewitness News that other students were aware of the alleged relationship. "He grabbed her butt, and everybody saw it," the student said. "And then they were talking about it."
In a statement to ABC-13, Aldine ISD, the organisation that runs Stovall Middle School, said: "When the allegation was made in April, the teacher was immediately removed from the school and placed on administrative leave. Aldine ISD Police investigated the incident and turned their findings over to the Harris County District Attorney's Office. The safety and security of Aldine ISD's students and staff remains a priority of the school district."
SOURCE : THETELEGRAPH