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Jun 9, 2014 6:27 PM by Janine Reyes

CCISD Votes to Begin Firing Process

CORPUS CHRISTI - The school board met in executive session to vote on a recommendation to fire the King High School teacher, they also had the option of accepting her resignation, which she submitted Friday.

The board opted to begin the process to fire her. She still has 10 days to appeal the board's decision. Meanwhile, CCISD Police are in the process of gathering evidence for a possible criminal investigation and will hand over results to the District Attorney's office. They will ultimately determine is the teacher will be charged.

The 29-year-old teacher is accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student. The focus today, is only on her employment.

The district's police department is still looking into criminal charges on the teacher.

The charge they're investigating her for is Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student. It basically makes it illegal for any teacher to have sexual contact with a student at the school where they work, regardless of their ages or consent.

CCISD Police Chief Kirby Warnke said that at this point in their investigation, they have learned of rumors that the teacher may have done this before with other students, and officers plan to get to the bottom of those rumors before submitting their case to the Nueces County District Attorney's office for potential prosecution.

We are not identifying the teacher or the student right now. The age of the student is not known, but, under this law, that doesn't matter.

If this teacher is charged with having an improper relationship with a student, she could face two to 20 years in prison.

Again, the board today decided to begin the process to fire her, but the criminal case is still being investigated.

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