GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas - A former Santa Fe High School English teacher has been arrested and charged with allegedly having an improper relationship with a student.
Kelsey Leigh Gutierrez, 25, was arrested Monday for three counts of improper relationship between an educator and a student.
She posted bond Tuesday afternoon.
“There’s no excuse. None. I don’t care if you’re 25 or whatever. You’re not 15, you’re not 16, you’re not 17. Stay away from the child. It’s still a child,” said Lauriel Schoen, whose daughter attends Santa Fe High.
“I’ve got grandsons going to that school. That hits close to home when it’s in Santa Fe,” said Janet Hayman.
On Tuesday, Santa Fe ISD released a statement saying:
Santa Fe ISD became aware that a former high school teacher was arrested Monday, November 28, 2016, in connection with allegations that she may have engaged in an improper relationship with a student. As soon as the District learned of the allegations, an internal investigation began including campus administrators and the District police department, and the teacher’s employment with the District ended. We want you to know that we take very seriously any concerns that relate to the well-being of each of our students and our first priority is the safety and education of our students in our district. We will continue to work in cooperation with law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office. Inappropriate actions by teachers will never be acceptable in this District.
According to court documents, Gutierrez allegedly had sexual relationships with two male students. During both relationships, Gutierrez told police that there were multiple sexual encounters.
Police reportedly found text messages about the relationship on both the teacher and one of student’s phones.
Snata Fe ISD also confirmed that this letter was sent home to parents on Monday.