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
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
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
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
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,