HOUSTON — An Alief ISD English teacher is accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female student at her school.
Kelly Ann Garcia, 29, is charged with indecency with a child and sexual assault of a child.
Students at Hastings High School were stunned by the allegations.
"Actually, I just thought it was a rumor, people just making rumors and stuff but it turned out to be true," said Herman Williams, a Hastings senior. "Pretty shocked about it. She knew better."
"It didn’t seem like she would do that. I don’t think she would actually do that to a student," said Kevin Canales, a Hastings junior.
The victim was a 16-year-old student at Hastings when she met Garcia through a mutual friend and the two began to get close. The student said Garcia would stay with her after school numerous times while she was working on a classroom project, even though she was not her teacher.
It was during Spring Break 2013 that their relationship crossed the line, according to court documents.
Garcia picked up the teen on Wednesday, March 21, and the two went to Starbucks to have coffee. It was there that Garcia allegedly told the teen that she had a romantic dream about her.
About a week later, Garcia texted the teen saying she had just broken up with her boyfriend and they expressed their feelings for one another.
The next day, the teen told Garcia that she needed to see her. Garcia picked her up in a rental car and took her back to her apartment, where they kissed passionately for the rest of the evening, the teen told investigators.
The next day Garcia allegedly picked up the teen and took her back to her place again. This time they got a lot more intimate. The teen said Garcia then took her to Katz Boutique and Sex Shop and purchased a sex toy with her credit card.
"The allegation is that they did in fact drive to a store and purchase a sex toy and drive back to the defendant’s apartment where they engaged in sex," said prosecutor Markay Stroud.
Over the next several days, Garcia and the teen allegedly had more sexual encounters.
The teen said, during that time, she witnessed Garcia have several emotional breakdowns at school. Once, the teacher had to be sent home.
The teen began to brag about her sexual encounters with other students and one of them reported what they heard to an administrator. The assistant principal then began to investigate and called the teen in for questioning. The teen confirmed the allegations, but her interactions with Garcia did not end. The teacher continued sneaking around with the teen even while the investigation was ongoing, Alief ISD police said.
The teen’s father caught the two at the park together on May 21, but Garcia sped off when he tried to confront her.
"I know it’s very hard on the complainant’s family. It’s very hard on my client’s family," said Sam Dick, Garcia’s attorney. "This is something nobody expected."
Investigators recovered the receipt from Katz Boutique, confirming the purchase of the sex toy, in addition to pulling phone and text records showing communication between the teacher and teen. They also found a photo of the two kissing.
Alief ISD said Garcia was terminated in March when the investigation began.
She posted a $60,000 bond late Thursday and was ordered to stay away from the teen.