A Texas middle school teacher faces criminal charges after a student told police that she had performed oral sex on him in a classroom.
Corrie Anne Long, 43, is charged with sexual assault on a minor under age 17 and improper relationship with a student, who authorities say is an 8th grader at Hopper Middle School in Harris County, northwest of Houston.
Administrators contacted police after one of the alleged victim's classmates told a teacher that he saw Long and the student engaged in suspicious horseplay. According to court documents obtained by the Houston Chronicle, the student said he saw the alleged victim spanking the teacher's rear end, and also saw the teacher sit in the student's lap.
"The teacher, it sounds like, had some sort of supervisory role over the student at some point and time and an inappropriate relationship was spawned from that," Harris County prosecutor Joshua Phanco told KTRK.
When interviewed by police, the victim told investigators that he had known Long since he was in 6th grade, and that she was currently his math teacher. He told investigators that Long performed oral sex on him in November 2013 while the pair was alone in her classroom before Thanksgiving break.
Prosecutors think that inappropriate contact between the pair happened more than once.
Long was removed from her position once the allegations came to light. KPRC reports that she is on administrative leave. The Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District released a statement Monday:
The safety of our students is always our highest priority. The district took immediate action to remove the teacher once the allegations were made, and we will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement in this matter.
Long was released on $30,000 bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled for April.