HOUSTON – A 32-year-old teacher at Eastwood Academy was arrested Saturday after he was accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student, court document state.
Jameson Matthew Norman, of Houston, is charged with improper relationship with a student.
According to an affidavit from the Houston Independent School District Police Department, the improper relationship came to light because of rumors at the school, which is a charter school located in the 1300 block of Dumble Street.
A counselor at the school spoke to the victim, who was 17-years-old at the time of the improper relationship, the affidavit states. The teen denied having a relationship with Norman and wrote a letter to the principal stating that what she had told other students about the relationship was a lie.
However, two weeks later after the student’s denial, Norman told a fellow teacher that he had sex with the victim, the affidavit states. The co-worker reported the confession to the principal, who notified police.
Investigators interviewed the victim, who admitted that she denied the relationship because she did not want Norman to get into trouble. The student said that she and Norman had first kissed in November 2012 and began a relationship soon after.
The victim said that she and Norman first had sex in January of this year. The student and Norman were at a school event and left to go to his residence in the 2100 block of Tannerhill Drive for the sexual encounter, the affidavit states.
In February at another school event, the two left again to go to Norman’s home for a second sexual encounter, the affidavit states.
Investigators located a second female student who said Norman had sent her several emails in 2009 claiming that he was in love with her, the affidavit states. The student said she did not have a relationship with Norman, but felt that he “was coming on to her.”
On March 4, Norman admitted to the principal that he had touched and kissed the 17-year-old victim and resigned his position as teacher, the affidavit states.
Norman is out on a $20,000 bond.