ROTC teacher accused of sex with teen

June 13, 2011 4:08:57 PM PDT
A former ROTC instructor at Pasadena High School is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old female student. As of right now, he is not in custody. Ernesto Montemayor is a former Pasadena High School teacher accused of dating one of his students.

Parent Claudia Sosa said, "I didn't believe it at first. But I kept hearing and hearing it."

Parents across the school district have been buzzing about the indictment that just came down against Montemayor. The 55-year-old is charged with sexual assault of a child and improper relationship with a student.

"It makes you not even want to send your kids to school nowadays," Sosa said. "You can't even trust teachers."

Investigators say the 16-year-old told them she and Montemayor began dating in April last year. They say the two began having sex in school and at the teacher's apartment three months later.

Pasadena ISD spokesperson Al Carter said, "Any time something of this nature comes up, it's looked into thoroughly."

Carter says the district began looking into the problem when someone told administrators Montemayor was showing he teenage girl too much favoritism. Court documents allege the teacher and student were often seen in his ROTC classroom with the doors closed and windows covered.

"The school called him in and talked to him about it," Carter said. "He was told at that time that there was going to be an additional inquiry by the school. It eventually led to the Pasadena ISD Police Department pitching in some assistance."

Montemayor resigned from Pasadena ISD in February and hasn't been seen since. A property manager at his complex told me he moved out prior to the indictment. Neighbors tell me Montemayor told them he was moving to Corpus Christi.

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