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      Middle school teacher arrested for improper relationship with student

      Aristeo Gutierrez // Cameron County Jail Photo

      A middle school science teacher is behind bars after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

      Cameron County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested 34-year-old Aristeo Gutierrez, Jr. on Thursday afternoon.

      Jail records show that Gutierrez has been charged with improper relationship between a teacher and student.

      Under Texas state law, the crime is a second-degree felony crime punishable from two to 20 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

      Court records obtained by Action 4 News show that Gutierrez is accused of staying in touch with a 14-year-old former student.

      Gutierrez allegedly wrote the girl love letters and gave her money, two rings, DVDs and two cell phones so could stay in touch.

      The two reportedly kissed and intimate contact but reportedly did not have sexual intercourse.

      The girl told deputies that Gutierrez planned to divorce his wife and marry her when she turned 18 years old.

      In a love letter seized as evidence, Gutierrez allegedly told the the girl that she was his "soul mate" and his "first true love."

      According to the court records, the two reportedly had secret encounters once the family attended a party and once when they went shopping at a local WalMart.

      Gutierrez allegedly gave the teen four tickets to Schlitterbahn on South Padre Island for her and her family but she told them she won them in a raffle.

      Brownsville ISD officials confirmed Gutierrez worked at Besteiro Middle School, which is located in the Southmost area just outside Brownsville city limits.

      According to the school's website, Gutierrez is listed as an eighth grade science teacher.

      Gutierrez remains in custody at the Cameron County Jail under a $150,000 bond.