GALVESTON, Texas - A former Galveston Independent School District teacher is facing sexual assault and improper relationship between educator and student charges after investigators said he was involved in a relationship with a 16-year-old student at Galveston Ball High School.
Eliezer Marquez, 27, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student he met through a family member who was a mutual acquaintance during the spring semester of the 2016-2017 school year, according to authorities.
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After meeting the student outside of school, Marquez and the student began meeting with the girl at school and communicating outside of school via text messages, authorities said.
During one of the meetings in Marquez's classroom, the student said they kissed and he put his hand up her skirt, according to investigators.
In June, after the school year was over, Marquez picked the student up from a volunteering event at UTMB and drove her to a secluded section of East Beach and they had sex, investigators said.
Nude photos were found on both of their phones, authorities said.
Marquez resigned from GISD before the warrant for his arrest was issued.
His bond was set at $40,000.
Here is a statement from Galveston ISD:
"Galveston ISD school officials immediately placed a GISD employee on administrative leave upon learning of alleged inappropriate contact with a Galveston Ball HS student. The employee has resigned and the alleged conduct continues to be under investigation. According to Chief Amador, Galveston ISD Police Department, on August 23, 2017, warrants of arrests were obtained by the Galveston Police Department on charges of Sexual Assault of a Child and Improper Relationship between Educator/Student, two 2nd Degree Felonies with a total bond of $40,000.
"Galveston ISD takes this matter very seriously, and we are deeply concerned that it appears something of this nature has happened at one of our schools and to one of our students.
"Galveston ISD and the Galveston Police Department continually work closely together to maintain a safe and secure environment for all our students."
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