Pasadena ISD teacher accused of having improper relationships with 4 students

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by Malini Basu and Drew Karedes/ KHOU 11 News

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Posted on February 19, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 20 at 8:45 PM

PASADENA, Texas — A Pasadena ISD teacher has been charged with engaging in improper relationships with four students.

LaShawn Simmons, 41, was a math teacher at Beverly Hills Intermediate School for 14 years. She has resigned from the school district in lieu of termination.

The five charges include one count of sexual assault of a child under 17, a second-degree felony.

Simmons is also charged with two counts of engaging in an improper relationship between an educator and a student, also a second-degree felony.

One of the alleged victims said he was 14 at the time it happened.

"Some stuff happened around the 8th grade. She sent me a couple of text messages, that was about it," he said.

Those messages included photos of Simmons’ "private parts," according to the student.

"Like wow, what kind of person would send me this?" the student said. "An adult, and I’m a child."

The teen said it started when he went to Simmons for tutoring and she exchanged phone numbers with him.

"She was inviting me to her house, or trying to take me home different times," he said.

The two other charges filed against Simmons—online solicitation of a minor and possession of child pornography—are both third-degree felonies.

All four alleged victims are now students at Dobie High School.

"She should be ashamed of herself. She shouldn’t be sleeping with no kids," said another Dobie student.

"The allegations are very serious," agreed Dr. Kirk Lewis, superintendent for Pasadena ISD. "Anytime a teacher violates the trust of a child, it makes it more difficult for the majority of teachers who genuinely care for the safety and well-being of students. We will continue to work together in the Pasadena ISD to provide a safe environment for our children to learn."

Pasadena ISD police sought charges against Simmons after completing a two-month investigation in the case. The investigation followed a complaint from a concerned parent regarding alleged online messaging between her child and Simmons on a social media network.

The complaint was made on Dec. 10, 2012. After that, Simmons was immediately placed on administrative leave without access to students at the school.

Simmons is expected to surrender to Harris County authorities Tuesday evening.

Anyone who believes they have information related to this case should contact Trae Morris, detective with the Pasadena ISD Police Department, at 713-740-0063.

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