Alexandria Vera, a Stovall Middle School teacher, was arrested on Wednesday for the ongoing statutory rape of a 13-year-old student.
Alexandria Vera, 24, was an English teacher for Stovall Middle School in the Aldine School District. During her time working for summer school she met and seduced an 8th-grade boy. For almost nine months after their first meeting, Vera claims that she and her victim had sexual relations nearly every day.
Although the parties involved in the sexual abuse claim it was consensual, a 13-year-old is a minor and unable to properly consent to sexual relations, making it sexual abuse/statutory rape, according to the law.
Court documents reported on by CBS News explain that the victim’s parents were well aware of the relationship between him and his teacher.
After announcing her pregnancy, Alexandria Vera claimed that the victim’s parents were “very supportive and excited.”
According to what Vera said in those court reports, she and the 13-year-old minor were in love.
A warrant was put out for Alexandria Vera on Wednesday, but she turned herself in before it could be served.
Alexandria Vera was arrested and held in custody for only a short period of time before she was able to post a $100,000 bond.
On Friday, Alexandria Vera had her first day in court. Her case was presided over by District Judge Michael McSpadden. Judge McSpadden has overseen cases of this nature before and he was very familiar with what he was dealing with.
“We take this very seriously,” Judge McSpadden told Vera during the arraignment, according to the Houston Chronicle.
During the arraignment, Judge McSpadden laid out the conditions of the bond that Alexandria Vera would have to follow if she didn’t want her bond revoked.
Among the conditions the judge listed were that Alexandria Vera would no longer be allowed anywhere near school grounds, she would not allowed to make any kind of contact with her victim, she would not be allowed to use the internet from home, she would have to be inside her home between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., and she would have to wear a GPS ankle monitor at all times.
Alexandria Vera is allowed to use the internet from work, however.
Vera is no longer a teacher, the school immediately fired her upon her arrest, but she has since found a new day job. What and where that job is, has not yet been released to the media.
The judge was very clear with Alexandria Vera that if she broke any of the terms of her bond, she would be going back to jail for the remainder of her trial, regardless of how long that was.
Normally, for this kind of crime, Alexandria Vera would be facing up to 25 years in prison, but new legislature could turn that 25 years into the possibility of life without parole.
“The legislature has recently passed a continuous sex assault of a child charge… If a defendant has sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 14 two times or more, over more than a 30-day period, it enhances punishment from 25 to life with the possibility of no parole,” the Harris County prosecutor told WFAA.
Due to the claims Alexandria Vera made to the court, explaining that the parents of her victim knew and supported the relationship, CPS is currently investigating the parents.
Assistant District Attorney Tiffany Dupree explained to WFAA that “failure to report child abuse” is a crime and, as a result, the victim’s parents could be brought up on criminal charges.
“As parents, we entrust teachers with a very important role to educate students and we should not be concerned about teachers getting in a sexual relationship with our children while they are at school,” Assistant DA Dupree said.
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