The 24-year-old Texas teacher best known for allegedly getting pregnant by her 13-year-old student was back in court Wednesday for violating a condition of her bond agreement. Prosecutors pointed out it was not her first violation and asked the judge to revoke her bond. Instead, he decided to allow her to remain free on a so-called “zero tolerance” policy.
Alexandria Vera faced State District Judge Michael McSpadden for violating her court-ordered curfew, a condition of her $100,000 bond. The ex-Stovall Middle School English teacher is supposed to be in her home by 8 p.m. but arrived 46 minutes late on the evening of July 26, Houston’s KHOU 11 reported. The prosecution stated her GPS tracking device pinged her while she was out shopping.
During Wednesday’s hearing, the prosecution requested McSpadden revoke Vera’s bond, bringing up this was not her first violation of the conditions she agreed to in order to stay out of jail. They said she first violated the conditions of the bond by going to the middle school where she used to teach to run track in June.
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KPRC 2 reported prosecutors identified a second violation when Vera bought a cell phone and set up a calling plan which she was not supposed to do. However, the judge denied the lawyers’ request. He decided to allow Vera to remain free, even though at the time of her arraignment, he told Vera her bond would be revoked and she would go back to jail if she broke any of the terms of her bond agreement, San Antonio’s KENS 5 reported. On Wednesday, McSpadden instead issued a stern warning, telling Vera this was her last chance. He said she was now on a zero tolerance policy. If she fails to follow the court-mandated restrictions, she will go to jail.
Breitbart News reported on the former Aldine Independent School District teacher who was charged with one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child. Vera allegedly had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old male student in 2015 and became pregnant by her victim. Later, she purportedly had an abortion after Child Protective Services (CPS) began asking questions about the improper relationship between the teacher and her student.
In June, Vera surrendered herself to Montgomery County police after they issued a warrant for her arrest. She was released on $100,000 bail. As part of a bond agreement, the court ordered Vera could not have any contact with the victim, must wear a GPS monitoring ankle bracelet, remain in her home between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. every day, and not have any interactions with any minors, except for relatives. Vera may not go near any schools and she must stay off of the Internet at home, but is allowed to go online for work use. It is not clear where she is now employed.
In the probable cause document, Vera claimed the boy’s parents supported the relationship and were even happy when she announced her alleged pregnancy to them. Speculation continues to swirl that the boy’s parents may face the criminal charge of failure to report child abuse, which KHOU 11 reported in June.
Vera first met the then 13-year-old boy during a 2015 summer school session. As is the case in so many of these alleged educator-student sexual misconduct situations, the two began communicating over social media prior to having a physical relationship. In this instance, the boy purportedly tried to reach her on Instagram. Vera later messaged him after he missed class, which led to the student asking for her phone number.
According to a relative who spoke to KTRK 13, Vera believed she did nothing wrong because she just fell in love. The former teacher returns to court on August 17, although no trial date has been set yet. If convicted, she faces a prison sentence of 25 years to life with no possibility of parole.
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