A teacher named Rachel Gonzalez was arrested after a boy's father caught her and his son "romping" in her car.
While other teachers have been arrested for sexually preying upon their students, this story is particularly unsettling.
Because the teacher was 44 and the son ... was 13.
The only silver lining to this disgusting story is that Rachel Gonzalez was caught and arrested.
An underage student's father notified Bay City, Texas police of an inappropriate relationship between his 13-year-old son and a 44-year-old teacher.
We hope that we don't have to explain why the boy's name has been withheld.
The teacher's name is Rachel Gonzalez.
Apparently, what first clued in the father was discovering conversations on the teen's phone about their inappropriate sexual relationship.
We can't imagine how horrifying it must be to discover that your very young son is being preyed upon by a much, much older sexual predator.
It must be even more chilling to find that the woman in question has been entrusted with the care and well being of hundreds of children.
It appears that Rachel Gonzalez may not be the boy's teacher.
The school district reported that it had received "a report of an alleged inappropriate relationship between a student at one campus and a BCISD teacher from another campus."
Given that there are reports of Rachel Gonzalez having been (at least at one time) a fourth grade teacher, that makes sense.
(Fourth graders, folks, are typically 9 or 10, not 13)
"The District immediately involved the Bay City ISD Chief of Police in order to evaluate the report, and quickly turned the matter over to the Bay City Police Department for a full investigation."
According to Bay City police documents:
"During the investigation Detectives got a search warrant to seize and access the phone belonging to the victim. At that time, they were able to locate evidence indicating there was an improper relationship and Detectives requested warrants for the arrest of Gonzalez."
They served those warrants on December 22nd. Rachel Gonzalez was then super arrested.
"She was transported to the Matagorda County Jail where she was booked in on charges of On-Line Solicitation of a Minor and Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student."
And, in case you're worried about this woman seeing the inside of a classroom instead of a jail cell, the school district also added:
"The teacher in question resigned from BCISD prior to the District learning of the allegations."
The school district's Board of Trustees President released an additional statement:
"While I cannot provide additional information at this time that could possibly compromise the legal process underway or the safety and well-being of BCISD students."
The Board President then added:
"I want to assure our parents and community that student welfare is our top priority. We are committed to providing a safe school environment for BCISD students and staff."
We should note that there are a few things that are unusual about this case:
-The scope of the age difference.
-That she appears to have been a teacher from another school altogether.
-The extent of the victim's youth, because 13 is (usually) barely pubescent. We may be talking about a 7th grader, here.
It's horrifying. We wish that we knew what sort of screening process schools should implement to prevent the hiring of sexual predators.
All that we can really suggest is that, for prospective teachers who think that they might be attracted to future students: perhaps, like diabetics who dream of becoming bakers, they should pick another profession before they ruin some student's life.