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from www.star-telegram.com – A 34-year-old teacher in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school district has been arrested on accusations of having an improper relationship with a student.
Rachelle Nicole Heenan of Haslet was arrested Thursday evening on a warrant. She was released from jail early Friday after posting a $10,000 bond.
School district employees had begun hearing rumors about an improper relationship between a male student and teacher at Hollenstein Career and Technology Center and notified the school resource officer, according to Fort Worth police.
An investigation by the crimes against children unit found that Heenan and the 18-year-old student had begun texting on a regular basis several months ago, said Sgt. Pedro Criado, a police spokesman.
The relationship later evolved into kissing in Heenan’s car in the parking lot of a private Fort Worth gym, Criado said. In March, the two met at a Fort Worth motel and had sex for the first time, he said.
“Since that time, they have had sex on multiple occasions,” Criado said.
Improper relationship with a student is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Kristin Courtney, a spokeswoman for the school district, said Heenan was placed on administrative leave May 21 after the allegations surfaced.
She said Heenan had started with the school district in August 2004 as a science teacher at Boswell High School and later became the forensic science teacher at the newly opened career center, 5501 Marine Creek Parkway in Fort Worth, in August 2011.
She said the district is fully cooperating with police in their investigation.
“We have no reason to believe there are multiple students involved,” Courtney said.
Heenan’s biography on the school district’s website states that Heenan graduated from Texas Tech in 2002 and is the married mother of two children. She previously taught pre-AP and AP biology at Boswell for eight years, the biography states.
Heenan did not return messages Friday seeking comment.