Teacher accused of improper relationship

October 14, 2009 7:37:47 AM PDT
Spring High School science teacher Deanna Higgins is on administrative leave, accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student. Higgins, 27, is charged with having an improper relationship between an educator and a student, and sexual assault of a child. We received court documents that give us more insight as to what tipped investigators off.

Parents of Spring ISD students were notified Tuesday by letter of the allegations and charges against Higgins.

"I think it's really wrong for a teacher to have a relationship with a student. It think it should be on a professional level than an intimate level," said resident Jonathan Louviere.

Court documents say the teacher's ex-husband noticed some text messages on a phone given to the couple's eight-year-old son by Higgins. Investigators linked the texts to a 16-year-old student's phone. The probable cause document goes on to say that Higgins and the student had two encounters at the teacher's home in March and April.

"A teacher should be punished. Any teacher. If it was my child, I don't know what I'd do," said parent Mary Smith.

The district says Higgins has worked for them since 2002, but only became a teacher in 2008. In a statement, a school spokesperson says, "Incidents involving improper relationships between teachers and students are not tolerated in Spring ISD. We have made it our practice to take allegations of this nature seriously."

Many in the larger community say they are concerned the crime she is charged with is making headlines far too often.

"It seems like it's happening all the time now. It does," said another resident.

The district says Higgins has been placed on paid administrative leave while this case makes its way through court.

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