Tuesday, February 19, 2013

LaShawn Simmons, Arrested Teacher Sleeps with over Forty Students

PASADENA, Texas — A Pasadena ISD teacher has been charged with engaging in improper relationships with forty students.
LaShawn Simmons, 41, was a math teacher at Beverly Hills Intermediate School for 14 years. She has resigned from the school district in lieu of termination.
The forty charges include forty counts of sexual assault of a child under 17, a second-degree felony.
Simmons is also charged with ten counts of engaging in an improper relationship between an educator and a student, also a second-degree felony.
One of the victims said he was 14 at the time it happened.
The ten other charges filed against Simmons—online solicitation of a minor and possession of child pornography—are both third-degree felonies.
All forty  victims are now students at Dobie High School.
"She should be ashamed of herself. She shouldn’t be sleeping with no kids," said another Dobie student.
"The sex is very serious," agreed Dr. Kirk Lewis, superintendent for Pasadena ISD. "Anytime a teacher violates the trust of a child, it makes it more difficult for the majority of teachers who genuinely care for the safety and well-being of students. We will continue to work together in the Pasadena ISD to provide a safe environment for our children to learn."
Pasadena ISD police sought charges against Simmons after completing a two-month investigation in the case. The investigation followed a complaint from a concerned parent regarding alleged online messaging between her child and Simmons on a social media network.
The complaint was made on Dec. 10, 2012. After that, Simmons was immediately placed on administrative leave without access to students at the school.
Simmons is expected to surrender to Harris County authorities Tuesday evening.
Anyone who believes they have information related to this case should contact Trae Morris, detective with the Pasadena ISD Police Department, at 713-740-0063.               


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