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      Teacher arrested for sexual contact with teen at Mercedes rodeo

      A female teacher is behind bars after she allegedly used alcohol to get sexual contact with a teenage boy at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show & Rodeo.

      Michelle Falcon Garza surrendered to Mercedes police after being accused of furnishing alcohol to a minor and indecency with a child.

      The 32-year-old Starr County woman was lead in handcuffs into the Mercedes Municipal Court where she was joined by her attorney.

      The 16-year-old boy's mother told Action 4 News that Garza was a family friend until she learned what happened.

      The mother said Garza is a teacher at Rio Grande City's Veterans Middle School and was competing in the rodeo earlier this month.

      School district officials could not be reached for comment on Friday evening.

      According to the teen's mother, Garza was camping at the rodeo in a trailer.

      The 16-year-old's mother said Garza allegedly lured the boy into her trailer and plied him with alcohol.

      The mother later discovered what had happened and contacted police.

      Garza was booked into the Hidalgo County Jail on Friday evening where she remains in custody under $55,000 dollars in bonds.