Detectives from Austin Police’s Child Abuse Unit share details about an investigation involving a Bowie High School teacher that was suspected of having sex with a 15-year-old student. The teacher was arrested on Monday on charges of sexual assault of a child and improper relationship between an educator and a student.
Bowie High School teacher suspected of having sex with a 15-year-old student was arrested on Monday on charges of sexual assault of a child and improper relationship between an educator and a student.
Erica Dinora Gomez, 23, was booked into the Travis County Jail just after 8 p.m. She was still being held at the facility on Tuesday morning with a combined bail set at $75,000, jail records show. Both charges are second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.
An arrest affidavit filed on Monday says the student’s mother first learned of the relationship when she woke up early Sunday after hearing the front door of her apartment open and close.
The document says she found her son lying on his bed fully clothed, so she took his phone and began searching it.
he mother found several sexually explicit Snapchat messages from someone with the screen name “Special,” the affidavit says.
The mother clicked on the name, which revealed the real username of the person her son was exchanging messages with was “Ericadinora,” according to the report.
The woman told police that she searched the name in Facebook and immediately recognized the woman as her son’s former math tutor, who is now employed at Bowie, the South Austin high school where her son is a student.