Tanya Ramirez was convicted of sleeping with her 17-year-old student at a Texas high school, but after the conviction was handed down, it was actually Ramirez taking her victim to court for what she called an invasion of her privacy.
Ramirez sued the student, Tristan, for reportedly making a short video of their sexual encounter and then sharing it with his friends. The teacher, who was charged for the relationship and pleaded guilty to an improper relationship between teacher and student, also sued Tristan's mother for defamation when the said the teacher was a "sexual predator."
The relationship took place back in 2014, but has come back to light when both Tristan and Tanya Ramirez appeared on the Dr. Phil Show to discuss the case. Ramirez admitted to talking with Tristan for a few weeks by text message before the two met to have sex in May of 2014.It was during that encounter that Ramirez claimed Tristan took a secret video.
"He had his phone in his pocket and then while having sex, he pulled it out, and I didn't see it. It's only about 10 seconds," claims Ramirez, referring to video Tristan admits he recorded. "When I found out there was a tape, I was in shock. I felt betrayed. We had been talking for almost a month so I trusted him that I could have sex with him and him not say anything, and we could keep it a secret. I do, now, feel that I was set up. I do feel that there was some type of motive or intent to get it out there that he had sex with a teacher."
Tristan told Dr. Phil that he had been drinking before the encounter and "was not really in the right mind." He said he meant to send the video to one friend but accidentally sent it in a group message.
Tanya Ramirez said she took a plea deal with prosecutors because she wanted to make the case go away, but one year later, Tristan's mother went on the offensive, talking to media about the case and calling Ramirez a sexual predator.Tristan wasn't the only student Tanya Ramirez was accused of sleeping with, as she pleaded "no contest" to charges that she slept with a second student. She avoided being listed as a sex offender because Tristan was 17 at the time, the age of consent in Texas. Ramirez's lawyer tried to argue that because Tristan was not in her class and because he was over the age of consent, the case should have been thrown out.
A judge refused to dismiss the case, but Tanya Ramirez instead decided to sue the teen's mom for calling her a sexual predator, remarks she said were "untrue" and "hurtful." She is also planning a lawsuit against Tristan for a potential "invasion of privacy" for his filming their sexual encounter.
A lawyer for Tristan said the plan to fight the suit, the Huffington Post reported.
"The attorney representing Tristan and his mom asks how a teacher who slept with a student at her school could think she is the one who was wronged. 'We offered mutual releases many times,' he says. 'Everyone release everyone, and let's all go about our lives, and Ms. Ramirez refuses to do that.'
"He adds, 'Why is a teacher having a 17-year-old male student at over 2 in the morning?'"
Video of Tanya Ramirez meeting with Tristan and his mother can be seen below.
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