Jailed teacher told student "My love for you will never end"
Sat, 28 Sep 2013 00:33:09 GMT —
New details are surfacing after a teacher remains jailed for allegedly having an improper relationship with a former student.
"My love for you will never end|I dream about the great memories we've had" and I will do everything in my power to be with you, are all phrases in a love letter allegedly written by Aristeo Gutierrez.
The Brownsville Middle School teacher is accused of sending the letter to a student who was 14 years old at the time.
She referred to Gutierrez as her boyfriend, according to an affidavit.
"Love letters and money were given to the victim along with other gifts, Cameron County Chief Deputy Gus Reyna said. The investigation further has revealed that in May of this year, the relationship built-up to include sexual contact."
Sheriff investigators said the relationship went on during school hours and after the bell rang at Besteiro Middle School - the teacher even kissing the girl on the lips and holding her hand while on campus.
Besteiro parent Marisela Avalos is shocked about the allegations and said the news is a definite wake-up call.
"Where did those gifts come from? Avalos said. As parents we need to know where these things are coming from, and it's up to us to have better communication with our children. We also need to teach young girls about appropriate behavior.
Reyna said no underage teen has the legal right to consent to a relationship of this type.
These outcries will be taken seriously and parents need to be the first line of defense when it comes to inappropriate relationships.
"She's not working, she doesn TMt have access to any type of monies other than what the parents give (her), Reyna said. (Parents) need to be very aware of what (their children) carry with them that their parents haven't purchased."
Brownsville Independent School District officials said Gutierrez has been employed at the middle school since 2010. He is currently suspended with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.
He TMs behind bars on a $150,000 bond.