11 July 2012
Texas teacher arrested over alleged sex with student
Rachelle Nicole Heenan has been accused of having a relationship with an 18-year-old male student, police say.
By NBC News and msnbc.com staff
FORTH WORTH, Texas -- A North Texas science teacher is accused of having a sex with a student at various hotels near her home, police say.
Science teacher Rachelle Nicole Heenan, a married mother of two, was arrested at her home in Haslet on July 5 after being accused of the inappropriate relationship, NBCDFW.com reported.
While the student was listed as 18 on the police report, the age of the student at the time of the relationship is unclear, according to NBCDFW.com.
Improper relationships between educators and students is a second-degree felony, and a conviction carries up to a 20-year sentence.
According to police, the relationship took place between Feb. 24 and May 18, according to NBCDFW.com. Investigators said the pair’s relationship turned sexual after they met up outside a local gym.
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"Ultimately the victim and the suspect met each other in the parking lot of a private gym in Fort Worth, held conversations inside the vehicle, and ultimately led to kissing,” Fort Worth police Sergeant Pedro told CBS News in Dallas.
Later they checked into a hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, where they had sex, according to CBS News.
The sexual encounters continued for several months with the pair checking into hotels after school and during the weekend, CBS News reported.
A school resource officer learned of the allegation and informed the superintendent. The allegation was reported to the Fort Worth Police Department on May 25.
Heenan is a teacher of forensic science at the Hollenstein Career and Technology Center in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District. According to her biography on the district website, she taught Pre-AP and AP Biology at Boswell High School for 8 years before moving to Hollenstein. She has been married for 10 years and has two children, according to the website.
She was placed on paid administrative leave since May.
There is no reason to believe other students were involved, investigators said.
NBCDFW.com's Frank Heinz and msnbc.com's Sevil Omer contributed to this report.