Student describes teacher's tattoos in improper relationship investigation, prosecutors say

By Megan Kennedy - Content Editor, Syan Rhodes - Anchor/Reporter

FREEPORT, Texas - A Brazosport High School teacher is out of a job and is accused of being involved in a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student, according to probable cause documents.

Brazosport Independent School District police Chief Wade Nichols said his department arrested Gianna Bednarski at her Rosharon home Tuesday without incident. Bednarski was booked into the Brazoria County Jail and charged with having an improper relationship with a student.

Records indicate that a Brazosport ISD officer escorted the school's varsity and junior varsity basketball teams in early December to a game in Wharton, where he noticed Bednarski arrive with a toddler.

"He had seen Bednarksi bring food for (the student) and not the other players," according to the probable cause document.

On multiple occasions, the officer made note of the student talking with female students and Bednarski standing nearby, appearing upset, records show.

"On at least two occasions, he saw (the student) talking with other female students in the hallways as Bednarski stood in close proximity staring at (the student) with a concerned look on her face as if she was upset," the document said.

Bednarski and the student initially lied about the relationship, according to investigators.

Later, the student was questioned and gave officers permission to look at his phone, where they saw Bednarski's cellphone number in it. A search of the student and teacher's phones found they had exchanged emails, texts and Snapchats that included nude pictures and video Bednarski had sent to the teen.

Later, the student's mother called investigators and said her son wanted to talk, according to documents.

There, the student told investigators that he was, in fact, sexually intimate with Bednarski and was able to describe to them tattoos on her body in areas that would otherwise be hidden by clothing, the document read.

According to court documents, the boy said he had sex with Bednarski in her classroom twice, including one time when he stayed after school for tutoring.

Investigators said they obtained a search warrant for Bednarski's cellphone, where they located nude photos of a woman, who was confirmed to be Bednarski by the victim.

According to district officials, Bednarski, who was hired by by BISD in August 2018, resigned Jan. 17, shortly after the investigation began.

She is free on $50,000 bond.

The district released the following statement:

After receiving information regarding a Brazosport High School teacher having an inappropriate relationship with a high school student, BISD police, administrators and local authorities began an investigation immediately and the teacher was placed on leave. As a result of the investigation, the teacher is no longer an employee in the district and has been arrested.  

Brazosport ISD expects the highest standard of professionalism and integrity from its employees and takes allegations such as these very serious and will always investigate and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. 

We appreciate the thoroughness and immediate efforts of our administrators and the Brazosport ISD Police Department. 

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