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A former Muenster teacher arrested last year for having sex with two teen boys has avoided jail time in a plea deal with prosecutors.

Lynn Burge, 33, was given five years probation and a $2,500 fine for each offense, according to the District Attorney. She will have to surrender her teaching license. Burge will not have to register as a sex offender.

Burge pleaded guilty to two counts of improper relationship between an educator and a student. One count of online solicitation of a minor was dropped as part of the agreement.

An arrest warrant states Burge started in the fall of 2017 by sending nude pictures of herself to a 16-year-old boy through Snapchat. She then went “backroading” and drank alcohol with him before taking the student home to have sex.

In March 2018, she pulled the same routine with an 18-year-old male student.

She admitted to having sex with the 18-year-old, which is illegal because she was his teacher at the time. She admitted to almost everything the 16-year-old boy said happened, but told investigators she couldn’t remember if they had sex since she was also intoxicated at the time.

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A Round Rock Independent School District teacher that was arrested on Tuesday for having an improper relationship with a student allegedly performed oral sex on him in his classroom.

School officials said in an email to parents that they were first notified that Randi Chaverria had an improper relationship with a student on Monday, Nov. 18. Once they were notified, Chaverria “elected to take leave” before the administration received the report.

According to an affidavit obtained by KVUE, Chaverria had sexual contact with a current student several times while she was a teacher at Round Rock High School during the 2019 fall semester. The student reportedly told police she performed oral sex on him twice in his classroom on or about Oct. 16.

After reviewing text messages between the student and Chaverria, officials said they were consistent with what the student’s claims regarding his relationship with her.

RRISD officials told KVUE that Chaverria was already on personal leave as of Nov. 18 from the week prior to the allegation surfacing. District officials said HR called Chaverria in the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 19, then Chaverria came in and submitted her resignation.

The relationship was reported to the district’s human resource department and to the State Board for Educator Certification, the district said.

Chaverria is no longer a teacher for the district. She later turned herself in at the Williamson County Jail and has been charged with improper relationship between educator and student, the district said.

New data from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) shows there has been a rise in inappropriate relationships between teachers and students in recent years.

During the 2018 to 2019 fiscal year, TEA tracked 442 inappropriate relationships, compared to 429 the year prior and 302 relationships in the 2016 to 2017 fiscal year.

Compare that number to 123 relationships TEA recorded between 2008 and 2009.

One explanation for the recent spike in relationships could be because of the “Pass the Trash” state law passed in 2017, which strengthened requirements for principals and superintendents to report inappropriate relationships.

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Seven months after an 8-year-old girl was kidnapped while walking with her mom in their Texas neighborhood, police released heart-stopping video of the moment officers busted into the suspect’s hotel room and rescued her. Michael Webb, 51, kidnapped the 8-year-old girl on May 18 as she was walking with her mom in Fort Worth. As the distraught mom tried to fight him off, he was able to get the girl in his car and take off. She called 911 and police immediately went searching for the girl.

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KYLE, Texas — The attorney of a student allegedly attacked by a substitute teacher at Lehman High School in Kyle released a statement on Saturday, saying the family is “shocked and disgusted” by the incident.

“We are shocked and disgusted after seeing the abuse and excessive force used in this teacher’s attempt to discipline a special needs child,” said attorney Paul Batrice on behalf of the student’s family. “There is no excuse for this type of behavior. Given this teacher’s alleged criminal history of domestic violence and the video footage that has shaken our community, we have started an investigation into this teacher and Hays CISD in the hopes of ensuring justice for this family and so that no Texas student ever endures such extreme behavior again.”

The attorney and the student’s father say that she has a 504 Education Plan with the district (special needs) and suffers from seizures.

Batrice said the student is being treated for severe injuries after the attack, with family and loved ones close by.

“All parents, myself included, should be deeply disturbed by the facts surrounding this attack,” said Batrice. “When we drop our children off at school, we expect that teachers and administrators will keep them safe, not place them in a violent environment. This is unacceptable to say the least, and we demand justice to the fullest extent of the law in order to enact the change so obviously necessary.”

A 23-year-old substitute teacher at Pasadena Independent School District is facing charges after being accused of having sex with a 16-year-old male student in 2018.

Olivia Huerta substituted for a social science teacher at Sam Rayburn High School at some point between January and April of 2018, officials wrote in documents filed in court. During that time, police say she took a 16-year-old student to her parents’ house and had sex with him.

The allegations came to light when police say the teen admitted to a friend that he had sex with a teacher. The friend reported this to school administration, who then called authorities.

Cops showed him several photos and he was able to identify Huerta, KPRC reported.

She was arrested after reportedly admitting to having sex with the teenager when questioned by police.

Huerta also turned over her phone where inappropriate messaging were found with the student, police said.

‘Upon receiving the allegation, the administration at Sam Rayburn High School immediately notified district administration and the Pasadena ISD Police Department,’ school district officials wrote in a statement to KPRC.

‘The accused individual was promptly removed from campus and is no longer employed by Pasadena ISD.’

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A Harris County sheriff’s deputy is facing an assault charge after inviting a man to slap him in the face, then slapping the man to the ground last year.

The Harris County district attorney’s office said a grand jury indicted 39-year-old Ellison Collins Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Collins invited a now 61-year-old man to slap him in a restaurant parking lot. Video shows the man slowly raising his hand toward Collins, who then slaps him. However, it does not show what led to the altercation.

The sheriff’s office said Collins was placed on administrative duty and the investigation into the incident will be presented to a disciplinary committee.

Attorney Justin Keiter said Collins is not guilty and called the indictment “an affront to all of law enforcement.”

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It was a day full of sometimes shocking testimony in a Dallas courtroom Friday.

Sentencing just ended for Kaylene Bowen-Wright, a mother who faked her son’s illness for years, causing him to get surgeries he didn’t need.

Wright pleaded guilty to seriously injuring her son and faced up to 20 years behind bars. The state pushed for the max, but the judge settled on six years in prison.

According to his dad, Ryan Crawford, Christopher Bowen is now a happy, thriving 10-year-old who loves soccer and choir, but it wasn’t always that way.

“Every single illness led up to eventually that he was dying every time we went to court,” Crawford said.

The fifth grader spent the first eight years of his life in and out of hospitals. His mother seemingly suffers from Munchausen syndrome by proxy. (Munchausen by proxy — is a psychological disorder marked by attention-seeking behavior by a caregiver through those who are in their care). She pleaded guilty to seriously injuring him since birth, earlier this year.

On Friday, Crawford testified the saga cost him years with his child.

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Houston police are searching for a group of people who demanded Popeyes chicken sandwiches at gunpoint Monday night. Authorities say three men and two women stormed the front door of the restaurant just before 9 p.m. on Monday. They had just been told at the drive-through window that the store was sold out of the popular sandwiches. At least one male suspect pulled a gun, police said. An employee was able to lock the doors before the five could get inside. The group left a baby inside their vehicle as they tried to enter the restaurant. There were no injuries reported

Willis, TX – Two former Willis police officers were sentenced to a year in jail after lying about an arrest captured on bodycam video.

Kenneth Elmore and John McCaffery were each convicted of felony tampering with a government record.

The charges stemmed from a July 2017 arrest.

Bodycam video presented during the trial showed a man walking through a residential area as McCaffery joked about a “drive-by tasing.”

“Yeah, I’m not gonna chase him on foot, I don’t need to chase him. My car will chase him though,” another officer replied. “He’s pissing me off now.”

As one of the officers is driving while holding a Taser, you hear him yelling “Get him, get him, get him!”

You can then hear the same cop taunting the man with a string of profanities as he was face-down and being handcuffed.

The man was charged with evading arrest, but the charge was dropped a few months later, following an investigation. We are not identifying him since the charge was dropped.

The Texas Rangers launched an investigation, and Elmore and McCaffery were indicted in 2018.

“They attacked [the man], charged him with a crime he didn’t commit, and lied to cover it up,” Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said in a statement. “These defendants disregarded their oaths to protect, to serve and to tell the truth.”

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A tattooed mom accused of leaving her baby girl in a car with the engine running while she drank shots in a bar shows no remorse in her mugshot photo.

Samantha Vaughan, 26, can be seen with a wide grin in the police image after her arrest outside TrackSide nightclub in Copperas Cove, Texas in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Officers who apprehended Vaughan at around 2am say she then shouted a racial slur before recording a blood alcohol level of 0.148. The legal driving limit there is 0.08.

Her one-year-old child was found in a safety seat in the backseat of a car with the doors unlocked, according to police. Vaughan was said to have been found inside the club minutes later.

Video released Monday shows the moments before, during and after two Bell County corrections officers beat a man after moving him in handcuffs to a padded cell because he had “become paranoid and unruly.”

Jvareus Aquer Pratt, 23, of Temple has been jailed since Feb. 27 in lieu of $200,000 bond, on charges stemming from an incident in which one of his girlfriend’s children was hit with a charger and another was burned with a curling iron.

Bell County corrections officers Kelvin Miller, 34, and Terrance Gardner, 28, were arrested on March 18 and charged with assault/bodily injury and violation of the civil rights of a person in custody following a Texas Rangers investigation of the incident, which occurred on March 14.

Both were released after posting $5,000 bonds.

Pratt was named in indictments back in March charging assault of a family or household member with previous convictions and injury to a child.

In the video, the corrections officers responded to his cell at around 3:42 a.m. on March 14 after Pratt “relayed to the deputies that he did ingest methamphetamine and (had) become paranoid and unruly,” the affidavits say.

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Five years after a surveillance camera inside a Houston jail captured a police officer smashing an inmate’s face against a door frame, causing him to bleed all over the floor, a federal judge has ruled that a civil rights lawsuit against the cop can proceed to trial.

The incident took place on December 8, 2014, at Houston Central Jail on Riesner Road and involved Reuben Williams Jr, who was picked up by police on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

According to the federal lawsuit filed in 2016, Houston police officer Salvador ‘Sal’ Corral violated Williams’ constitutional rights when he slammed him face first into the metal door jam while leading him into a jail cell.

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A 22-year-old woman has been arrested after a viral clip showed her mowing down two women with her car outside a San Antonio, Texas, nightclub.

Miranda Jane Guerrero is facing two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the incident which took place outside ‘The Well’ on May 2 – according to jail records.

Sibbieo Jardan, 27, and India Spears, 24, told officers attending the scene they had both been hit by the car.

Video posted online shortly after the incident showed the car plowing into the two women as they stood around outside the nightclub.

One of the women can be seen trying to smash the window of the vehicle before being launched across the parking lot by the force of it reversing.

The two women told officers the incident was sparked by an argument between them and Guerrero at the nightclub’s bar.

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Texas authorities say that a woman pulled a gun on a man at a Mexican restaurant while the pair argued over who would be up next for karaoke.

The karaoke fan, identified as 41-year-old Doris Vallejo-Godoy, is said to have been with her girlfriend at the La Catedral del Marisco in Southeast Austin at approximately 1am on Sunday.

According to an arrest affidavit, the confrontation occurred over the karaoke machine at the eatery.
Vallejo-Godoy told police that she tried to calm the man down by brandishing the pistol. She claimed that he had been calling her various names, the Statesmen reports.

The man told police that the woman struck him in the face soon after the argument began. He added that Vallejo-Godoy then pulled her gun out and pointed it directly at him.

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A North Texas woman was arrested after police said she intentionally set her stepdaughter’s face on fire.

Grand Prairie police arrested 20-year-old Dalia Jimenez and charged her with felony injury to a child.

“This is probably the most extensive injury that I’ve ever investigated,” said Grand Prairie Police Det. Greg Parker.

On Monday, officers responded to a report about her 5-year-old stepdaughter needing medical treatment for facial burns.

Originally, Jimenez told the officers the little girl was injured when she got too close to a candle two days earlier. But, police said there were inconsistences in her story.

There were burns running down both sides of the girl’s cheeks, to below the jawline, and some small burns on her shoulders.

Parker said when investigators arrived, the child was in a great mood, running around and playing with her younger sibling. But, she did complain that her face was hurting.

“We were made aware on scene that there was prior CPS history. That the girl had suffered a broken arm in 2018, so we decided to move forward with a forensic interview,” Det. Parker said.

Jimenez ultimately confessed that she intentionally poured rubbing alcohol on her stepdaughter’s face and used a lighter to set it on fire. She admitted she was trying to punish her for yelling, police said.

During that interview, the child told investigators that her stepmother hit her repeatedly with a belt and burned her.

Child Protective Services removed the injured girl and her younger sibling from the home. Both are now safe with other family members.

Police said the children’s father was not home at the time. He is not expected to face any charges.

Jimenez was released from the Grand Prairie jail after paying bond.

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A Texas high school principal stands by her controversial decision to institute a campus dress code — for parents.

Carlotta Outley Brown, principal of James Madison High School in Houston, told Inside Edition that she feels it’s important for parents to set a good precedent for their children.

“I felt the need to enact the dress code because it was an educational environment, a place of learning,” said Brown. “When anyone walks in, we have impressionable children and we have to model what we want them to know and learn.”

The controversy first arose earlier this month, when Brown sent a letter to parents warning them that they would not be allowed inside the school if they were not dressed appropriately.

A teacher in Texas Edna Mabel Longoria, 39, has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old male student after investigators found bodily fluid in a classroom.

Longoria was charged last week with having an improper relationship with the student at Veterans’ Memorial High School in Mission.

The health science teacher turned herself in to police last Thursday after the student notified school administrators of their alleged sexual relationship that the student claims happened ‘multiple times’.

Kelsie Rochelle Koepke, a 25-year-old mother-of-one from Katy, was released on $15,000 bond on Wednesday after she was charged with felony counts of online solicitation of a minor and improper relationship with a student.

An investigation into Koepke was launched on February 28 after a student at Paetow High School in Katy saw an exchange on social media containing inappropriate content between the teacher and a 15-year-old classmate.

When police interviewed the 15-year-old boy, he said he first met Koepke at a school event in October 2017, and at that time the teacher gave him her Snapchat user name, ‘Momma K,’ so that they could communicate.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Koepka instructed the teen to not save any of their online exchanges.

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A Texas mother faces up to 20 years in prison for accusations she left her five children at home alone while she went on vacation ‘because she needed to get away with everything that was happening at home’.

Chrystal Walraven, 28, is accused of leaving her eldest, a 12-year-old boy with a child as young as 15 months – who authorities say appeared dead in her crib with a blanket over her mouth – when they entered the property that had an ‘overwhelming odor’ of feces and garbage.

Round Rock police have arrested a Round Rock woman accused of the abandonment of her five children, including leaving them in alone in a home left in disarray and littered with feces and garbage.

According to police, Chrystal Walraven, 28, left for Houston and left behind five children in a home — including an infant who investigators initially thought was dead. In a crib near the front, investigators found a 15-month-old lying alone and covered in a blanket. It was only until the child was rubbed by an officer that the baby girl took a breath and was confirmed as being alive.

The 10-year-old boy who answered the door for the officers led them through the squalorous home which is said to have had a smell of fecal matter and garbage pervading the air. Upstairs, officers discovered several knives out in the open and in easy access of the children.

Then, officers were greeted by two female children — ages 3 and 6 — who emerged from a bedroom. Both girls appeared to have not been bathed for a while. In the bedroom, officers found a soiled diaper in the closet and several soiled diapers in the upstairs bathroom.

Child Protective Services were immediately contacted for assistance.

Investigators were able to contact a father of one or more of the children. He said that Walraven had asked him to babysit while she was gone. He says he said he couldn’t and that she left anyway.

When authorities finally contacted Walraven in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where polic

Port Arthur, Tx – Video Shows body camera video of December 28th officer-involved shooting in which Port Arthur police officer fatally shoots Shayne Lyons,35, a Port Arthur citizen who was armed with a machete.

A video shows Lyons walking toward the officer, refusing to put down the weapon, despite repeated commands from the officer. The officer shoots Lyons eight times.

A high school science teacher from Texas has been arrested for allegedly performing a sex act with one of her students and exchanging racy photos and videos with the boy.

Jeana Wesson, 46, turned herself in on Thursday and was booked into the Denton City Jail on a charge of improper relationship between educator and student.

The investigation into Wesson got underway about a month ago, after the alleged victim, who is no longer enrolled in Guyer High School where she works, came forward to police accusing the educator of having an illicit relationship with him when he was 17 years old.

The victim told police Wesson sent inappropriate pictures and videos to him in 2017 and Wesson “performed a sexual act with him in her classroom,” according to a Denton police news release.

Earlier this week, police also executed a search warrant of the suspect’s home, at which point they decided they had enough evidence for an arrest.