SPRING VALLEY VILLAGE, Texas -- A Houston-area actor and drama teacher is accused of having a sexual relationship with his 16-year-old student and then marrying her in Las Vegas.
Spring Valley Police said the girl’s mother attended the wedding.
According to police, the girl’s mother didn’t complain about the relationship because she was worried it could affect her daughter’s future acting career.
Police said 41-year-old Ilich Auyapah Guardiola has been bringing the girl back to his apartment to have sex.
Neighbors at the Glens Apartments on Pech Road told KHOU they often saw the two coming and going.
“We really didn’t know they were in a relationship. It looked more like a father daughter sort of thing,” said neighbor Teresa Edwards.
Investigators said Guardiola has two addresses less than a half mile apart. However, detectives believe he only brought the girl to the apartment on Pech Road.
Neighbors said she always wore sunglasses outside and seemed to keep her head down.
“She seemed happy -- absolutely. She didn’t look 16 or 17. She looked older than that,” said neighbor Wayne King.
Guardiola was reportedly with the teen at the apartment when police arrested him.
The investigation started back in April when officers started asking questions during a routine traffic stop.
Guardiola and the girl were both in the car. Documents allege that the 16-year-old admitted she had sexual relations with Guardiola.
Police said the two traveled to Las Vegas to get married just two weeks before his arrest.
Guardiola is in the Harris County Jail on $50,000 bond and has been charged with sexual assault of a child.