CRIME
09/10/2014 05:04 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Sex Charges Dropped Against Drama Teacher Ilich Guardiola After He Married Teen

A Texas drama teacher accused of having sex with one of his students has seen all charges against him dropped after he married the teen police had said was his victim.

Ilich Guardiola, 41, was initially questioned by police in April when he was stopped for a traffic violation while riding with the 16-year-old girl in his car. The teen eventually told authorities she was in love with Guardiola and they were in a relationship, according to KHOU.

Before authorities busted him in May for the improper relationship, Guardiola had flown to Las Vegas with the girl and married her with the teen's mother as the witness, according to KPRC.

Authorities said they found text messages between Guardiola and the girl, who was one of his students at the Houston Family Arts Center.

One of the texts allegedly sent by the girl to Guardiola said "I love having sex with you."

Now, KHOU reports, that the sexual assault of a child charge against Guardiola has been dropped and his lawyer told the station it was because of the marriage.

The Houston Family Arts Center cancelled its contract with Guardiola after the accusations arose.

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