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Postby chadlincoln » Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:04 pm

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Student alleges sex with teacher

A first-year Hebron High School teacher and former Miss Texas contestant faces up to 20 years in jail after an 18-year-old student told police he had sex with the 25-year-old woman several times at her apartment in Austin Ranch.

Amy McElhenney, who taught Spanish and was a cross-country coach at the Lewisville ISD school in Carrollton, is charged with having an improper relationship with a student, a second-degree felony. She was arrested on May 25, the last day of school, posted $5,000 bail and was released.

Ms. McElhenney could not be reached for comment. The student's identity was not released.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, another student sent an anonymous note last month to Hebron's resource police officer that indicated Ms. McElhenney's cellphone contained "intimate" text messages to and from the 18-year-old.

When police interviewed Ms. McElhenney at the school, she allowed them to view the text messages.

"Messages that were on there led us to believe there was a little bit more going on between the teacher and this student," said Carrollton police Sgt. David Sponhour.

In an affidavit, a Carrollton police officer said the messages "constitute a flirtatious and endearing relationship" between Ms. McElhenney and the student.

While Ms. McElhenney denied having a physical or sexual relationship with the teen, she told police she felt their relationship was inappropriate, police said.

When interviewed at home, however, the student gave police a written statement in which he said he and Ms. McElhenney had sex on "numerous occasions" at her apartment. He told police their alleged relationship began in February.

Ms. McElhenney was charged under a law that outlaws sexual relationships between educators and students even if the sex is consensual and the student is of legal age.

In Texas, the age of consent is 17.

Proponents of the law have said it sends the message that even older teenagers should not be considered capable of consenting to sex with a teacher, especially since educators have power over their students.

Others, however, have said that while the law's intent may be good, it should contain different provisions for different ages and distinguish between students who do and don't consent.

The law took effect Sept. 1, 2003. Between then and the end of 2005, five Texas teachers were convicted and sent to prison under the law.

Three Garland school district teachers were arrested under the law in 2005 and accused of having sexual relationships with students. One also was charged with two counts of indecency with a child because the student was underage.

The Lewisville school district placed Ms. McElhenney on paid administrative leave May 11.

In March she turned in a resignation form that went into effect May 25.

Officials said she indicated she was not returning to Hebron because she was taking a teaching position in another district, though they were unclear on what district that is.

School officials said they alerted the state certification board of the investigation and her arrest.

Ms. McElhenney was scheduled to teach a Spanish course at a summer camp program in Corsicana, where she was hired as a contract employee after being selected to teach the course for 7- to 12-year-olds by the Navarro Council of the Arts.

"In light of the information, we'll either find another instructor or cancel the program," said Connie Standridge, Corsicana's city manager.

According to the Miss Texas Web site, Ms. McElhenney competed in the scholarship pageant in 2002 as Miss Bexar County when she was a student at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Postby Art Vandelay » Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:40 pm

There are a variety of reasons why students and teachers of any ages shouldn't be having sex, but facing 20 years for having consensual sex with an adult?!?!??!?! Give me a break.
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Postby CubsFan7724 » Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:42 pm

Two consenting adults...shouldn't this be a slap on the wrist at best? Unless she was threatening to fail him unless they did the dirty. But a 18 year old guy would probably hit it without any threat :-b
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Postby RugbyD » Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:44 pm

she should be fired for poor judgement, but that's it.
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Postby knapplc » Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:48 pm

RugbyD wrote:she should be fired for poor judgement, but that's it.

Exactly. This was really dumb on her part, but not 20-years-in-prison dumb.

On a side note - she's hot! ;-D
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Postby Cleveland Steamers » Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:55 pm

If she actually gets anything more than an inability to teach and parole, I'll be surprised.
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:04 pm

Burn her at the stake!

No, but seriously, the law's the law. The, too, believe 20 years seems a bit much, but I'm not familiar with the law there. From what it would appear it has nothing to do with the age, it has to do with the educator/student relationship.
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Postby suppasonic » Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:12 pm

So how come there were never any of these teachers at my high school?
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Postby brandnew » Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:20 pm

Wait, he went to her apartment to bone her, but he's a victim and is turning her in for 20 years in jail?
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Postby acsguitar » Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:55 pm

brandnew wrote:Wait, he went to her apartment to bone her, but he's a victim and is turning her in for 20 years in jail?

hahah what a jerk.

And if he was old enough I don't get it
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