A former Texas middle school teacher is facing criminal charges after she was busted for carrying on an illicit sexual relationship with a 16-year-old high school student she met at a church where she volunteered.
Nicole Marie Faires Andrews, who taught English/Language Arts to sixth graders at Cedar Park Middle School in Williamson County, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of having a romantic relationship with a teenage boy she met as a volunteer youth administrator at The Church at Canyon Creek, KXAN reported.
The boy claimed that he and Andrews, 31, had engaged in sexual contact 11 or 12 times over the summer, with Andrews sending him at least one naked picture, court documents revealed. She faces one count of sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony.
Cedar Park Principal Sandra Stewart said in a letter sent home to students and parents that administrators became aware of the allegations on October 25. Andrews began teaching at the school in August 2015 and resigned in the first week of November after spending two weeks on administrative leave.
State Rep. Tony Dale (R-Cedar Park) pointed to Andrews’ case as an indicator of a systemic problem that requires legislation to address.
“One of the reasons I got involved in this whole issue is not just because I’m a parent and someone that thinks adults should leave kids alone, but I represent two school districts that have had these problems,” he said. “But it’s not just my school district, it’s all over the state, and sadly, it’s all over the country, as well. It’s important to protect kids.”