A 24-year-old middle school teacher is on the lam after Houston, Texas, police issued an arrest warrant for allegedly having sex with her 13-year-old student and getting pregnant by the eight-grader.
The teacher, identified as Alexandria Vera, is the daughter of a former Houston police officer, Jaime Vera. According to the Texas Observer, her father was fired by the police department in 2011 after a 13-year career dotted with infractions – from sexually assaulting a fellow female officer to sexual harassment to paying off mechanics to pass the inspection of his deficient car.
Students at Stovall Middle School, which is part of the Aldine Independent School District, called Vera the “cool teacher” because she let them used their cell phones in class.
According to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, the English teacher admitted to having a sexual relationship beginning in September with the student, whose name is being withheld. She told investigators that she first met him during a summer program. The teen reached out to her via Instagram, which eventually led to him asking for her phone number.
Vera, the mother of a 4-year-old daughter, admitted in court documents that the two initially had sex at the student’s house while his parents weren’t home.
Neighbors told KHOU that Vera had a lot of kids in her home, and there was drinking in the front.
“We always found beer bottles and beer cans on her side of the lawn, and half of the [kids] did not look older than high school, maybe,” a neighbor said.
Also in court documents are Vera’s statements that she met the student’s parents and was introduced to them as his "girlfriend" – they even allowed the teen to sleep over at her home.
In January, Vera became pregnant by the student. She told officers the student’s family was supportive and even excited by the prospect.
The middle school teacher ended up have an abortion after Child Protective Services arrived at the school to investigate. At the time, Vera denied the relationship.
According to Click2Houston, police are looking for her to serve an arrest warrant but have been unable to find her.
A spokesman for the school district said Vera has been on administrative leave since last month and that the district is in the process of terminating her employment.
In a statement, school district officials said, "Aldine ISD has been made aware that charges have been filed against a former Stovall Middle School teacher involved in inappropriate behavior with a male student. When the allegation was made in April, the teacher was immediately removed from the school and placed on administrative leave. Aldine ISD Police investigated the incident and turned their findings over to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. The safety and security of Aldine ISD’s students and staff remains a priority of the school district."