Hot to Trot Teach Gets Seven Years of Deferred Adjudication Probation After Relationship with Lucky Student

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from – A former Jefferson High School dance team coach was ordered to permanently surrender her teaching certificate and serve seven years of deferred adjudication probation Thursday for having sex with an 18-year-old senior.

In a police affidavit, the youth also described a series of prior sexual encounters with the school’s book and poetry club adviser, who he said he met at the end of his junior year.

Attorneys for Destini Michelle Munoz, the dance instructor, told state District Judge Melisa Skinner on Thursday that their client was 26 in March 2011 when she was arrested after a female student told San Antonio Independent School District police that the teacher confessed to her.

While she very much regrets what happened and acknowledges she has destroyed her life, the encounters wouldn’t have been illegal if the two had met anywhere other than school, attorney Louis Martinez said.

Munoz pleaded no contest in November to improper relationship between a student and a child. Under terms of the plea agreement, prosecutors recommended regular probation but opposed deferred adjudication, which if completed successfully will mean Munoz won’t have a felony conviction on her record.

Adriana Biggs, chief of the district attorney’s white collar crimes division, described the student as a “reluctant complainant.”

“It’s quite a challenge to get a case like this to court,” Biggs said.

“There is a different perception (among jurors) of a female teacher who is close in age to the student.”

The youth told investigators he began flirting with Munoz via text messages and kissed her one day as she was eating lunch in her classroom. She went to his house for the first time the same day she was in court for her divorce, the student said.

“I remember right after I said, ‘I can’t believe I just had sex with my teacher,’” the student told police. “She got mad and told me not to say anything, and said that I had killed the mood.”

Because the student was 18 during the encounters with Munoz, she will not have to register as a sex offender.

An investigation remains open against the other teacher, who has not been arrested, according to the district attorney’s office. That teacher resigned the same semester that rumors of her inappropriate relationship surfaced, SAISD spokeswoman Leslie Price said.

The youth’s father would sometimes see that teacher sneaking into their house late at night but told his son only, “Be careful,” the student said.

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