Odessa High clerk charged with improper relationship with a student

ODESSA A clerk at Odessa High School has been charged and arrested after police say she sent sexually explicit text messages to a student.

Elyssa Renteria Zuniga, 25, has been charged and arrested for Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student, a 2nd Degree Felony.

According to the Odessa Police Department, their office was notified of an improper relationship between a student and a teacher on Wednesday, January 3.

The complainant told police that an ECISD employee, identified as Zuniga, had been in a relationship with a 17-year-old student.

An investigation then began, and police found sexually explicit texts between the student and Zuniga.

In an interview with police both Zuniga and student confirmed that the messages had been sent between them.

A warrant was then obtained for Zuniga, who was charged and arrested on Tuesday afternoon.

Ector County ISD states that Zuniga was placed on leave when the complaint was first filed and has now been fired.

The following statement comes from ECISD:

Unfortunately, this is a situation we have been through in the past. We are disappointed and angry to be facing it again. Our staff members – all staff members – are there to encourage and support our students. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. We have taken steps to combat this. As a school district we require sexual harassment training twice each year. This training includes warnings of consequences for employee-student relationships. In addition, for the past three years we have brought in Dr. David Thompson – one of the leading experts in Texas teacher ethics – to lead a mandatory training for all ECISD employees. We have also had Dr. Thompson conduct a session with students. There is no excuse for our employees to misunderstand the seriousness of these actions. We want you, our parents and our community to know we will continue to do everything we can to stop this behavior. We ask if you suspect something like this is happening please alert the school, the school district, or law enforcement

Odessa Police say they have seen an increase in these cases in the past few years.

CBS 7 will have more on this story tonight at 6 and 10.

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