Crimes in which minors are the victims are taken seriously by Texas authorities, and, in some instances, the news of a suspected incident may spread quickly throughout a community. While the extra care that police appear to give to crimes against minors is most likely a comfort for many who are following a story, it can sometimes create an unfair presumption of guilt against the accused. A local case that involves a teacher now charged with sex offenses is a reminder of the importance of the presumption of innocence.
The teacher has been accused of engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old student in April 2014. At the time, the teacher was 23 years old. These accusations came to light after a resource officer at the school somehow received information about the alleged relationship. In turn, the proper authorities were notified, and an arrest warrant was issued.
Police claim that the woman admitted that she had an inappropriate relationship with her student, including kissing. At one point, she apparently also said that she let the boy touch her. The police later interviewed the student who is said to have confirmed the story.
Following the interview, the teacher was arrested and was still being held on $10,000 bond at the time of the report. Other Texas residents who find themselves facing similar charges may find it beneficial to begin working on their defense strategies even when the investigations into their sex offenses are in the early stages. When considering how serious the possible consequences are for convictions on these types of charges, handling defense-related decisions in a timely manner can help defendants form the most solid legal foundations possible.
Source: wfaa.com, "Irving teacher arrested for improper relationship with student", March 19, 2015