Lesley Ann Sharp, English Teacher, Faces Sex And Child Porn Charges Over Alleged Contact With Student

08/12/2013 11:34 am ET
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An English teacher at a Dallas high school is accused of inappropriate contact with a student after the boy's mother reportedly caught her with her son in a swimming pool at the apartment complex where they live, according to CBS Dallas.

Lesley Ann Sharp faces charges of improper relationship between educator and student, possession or promotion of child pornography, tampering with physical evidence and perjury, according to the Dallas Morning News. The 24-year-old teacher is accused of accused of having sex with the 17-year-old more than 25 times, in locations such as her car, her apartment and even "in his apartment while the student’s parents were not home."

The child pornography charges stem from explicit photos that Sharp allegedly exchanged with the boy via text message, according to police. Police allege that Sharp and the student, a freshman at Hillcrest High School, “exchanged 116 telephone calls, 173 multi-media messages and 15,371 text messages” between May and July of this year.

Sharp allegedly tried to delete information that she had synced from her iPhone to her school-issued laptop before handing the computer over to investigators. Police also claim Sharp told the victim to delete photos and messages after she learned of the investigation.

In a letter to parents, Hillcrest High School principal Ronald Jones wrote that Sharp was a new teacher and would not be returning to the school next year:

"It has been brought to our attention that one of our staff members was recently arrested on an allegation that she had an inappropriate relationship with one of our students. The teacher was new to our staff this year and is believed to have had this relationship with only one student."

A Dallas Independent School District spokesman told the Dallas Morning News that Sharp was placed on leave pending the outcome of the criminal case.

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