Friday, February 15, 2008

Houston area teacher accused of having sex with student

A Deer Park High School teacher has been accused of having sex with a teenage student.

Emily Kate Janes, 23, of La Porte, is charged with having an improper relationship with an 18-year-old student, a second-degree felony, prosecutors said. A criminal complaint was filed against her Monday.

Her attorney, Chris Samuelson, declined to discuss the allegations.

Prosecutors said Janes and the teen allegedly had a sexual relationship for about a month that began in late December 2007.

They apparently had several trysts at Janes' home, said Harris County Assistant District Attorney Denise Oncken. Oncken said Janes had met the teen when he was a student in one of her classes in spring 2007.

Oncken said an anonymous tip led Deer Park police to investigate a possible relationship between them. State law prohibits sexual contact between teachers and students, regardless of the student's age.

Janes resigned from the school Monday, said Matt Lucas, Deer Park Independent School District spokesman. She taught 11th-grade English at the school's south campus for about one year.

Lucas said it was her first teaching job,

Janes, who is married, is free on $30,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court March 13.

If convicted, she faces between two years and 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. She also is eligible for probation.

Houston Chronicle

Note from Gag:
Wipe that ugly scowl off her face, give her a Proactive membership, and slap a little Walmart make-up on that little filly and she might not be half bad looking.