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Texas teacher wanted for misconduct with student arrested by Border Patrol agents

March 15, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas teacher wanted for misconduct with student arrested by Border Patrol agents

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Border Patrol agents arrest teacher Aracely Sauceda at the Texas border

Federal Border Patrol agents arrested a former teacher from Texas at a U.S.-Mexico Border crossing on an outstanding felony warrant for purported sexual misconduct with a 16-year-old student.

On Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations agents apprehended Aracely Sauceda, 24, as she walked across the Progreso International Bridge from Mexico en route to her residence in Santa Rosa, Texas, The Eagle reported.

Border agents originally flagged her as a potential match for a suspect with an outstanding warrant issued by the Burleson County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers conducted a second inspection, verifying her identity using biometric devices available through the national law enforcement database. CBP turned Sauceda, who is a U.S. citizen, over to the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office.

“CBP officers are committed to protecting our communities as they remain vigilant in intercepting travelers with outstanding warrants,” Port Director Walter Weaver, Progreso/Donna Port of Entry stated.

In 2017, Sauceda began her second year as a high school Spanish educator in the Caldwell Independent School District when news started to spread among students that she was involved with a 16-year-old male at the school. District officials contacted the Burleson County Sheriff’s Office, who looked into these allegations.

Aracely Sauceda, 24, (above) was arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border for having an improper relationship with a former student, her second such charge since September 2017.

On September 15th, Sauceda was placed on administrative leave. The next day, she resigned and turned herself into Burleson authorities on charges of Improper Relationship Between an Educator and Student, which is a second-degree felony, along with a charge of Indecency with a Child.

If found guilty, she faces up to 20 years behind bars on the second-degree felony alone.

At the time, Caldwell ISD Superintendent Andrew Peters said that district officials took allegations of sexual misconduct seriously and “we are [just as] frustrated as the general public with the stories of inappropriate relationships.” He pointed to the teacher-student sexual misconduct law, Senate Bill 7.

“Recently, the Legislature toughened penalties on principals and superintendents. However, I believe they need to be tougher on the teachers,” Peters added.

In 2017, Texas lawmakers cracked down on the horrific reality of educators who solicit and engage in sexual activity with students.

Legislators passed Senate Bill 7, which Governor Greg Abbott signed into law, which blocks several loopholes and imposed stricter penalties on education professionals found guilty of sexual misconduct with pupils.

Convictions also end in the loss of teaching credentials and pensions. As Peters stated, it holds administrators to more rigorous account with prison time and penalties if they neglect to report these incidents.

The Texas Education Agency launched a record 302 investigations of accused improper teacher-student relationships during the 2016-2017 school year. This marked the ninth year in a row that the number of these cases increases.

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