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Former Teacher Sent Explicit Texts to Student, According to Indictment


By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - We have continuing coverage on the former Permian High School teacher who was arrested and taken to jail on Wednesday. Kathryn Maples is facing charges of having an improper relationship with a student.

Maples resigned in April after ECISD officials were tipped off about her involvement with a 17-year-old student.

Explicit photos and racy texts messages. According to the indictment, that's the evidence against the former teacher.

U.S. Marshals arrested the 28-year-old at her home Wednesday morning after a grand jury indicted Maples on three counts of improper relationship between an educator and a student.

According to the indictment, the inappropriate relationship happened via text message over a short period in January.

Maples allegedly sent a picture of her genitals to a 17-year-old student.

The former history teacher and swim coach allegedly sent a photo of her breasts a few days later.

The indictment also said Maples sent explicit texts messages to the student describing oral sex and sexual intercourse with him.

Maples resigned after the school district began an investigation into the allegations.

However, ECISD police couldn't find enough evidence to formally charge her.

"I called and asked ECISD police to provide the file and they were glad to do so," Ector County District Attorney, Bobby Bland, said.

Bland said he wanted to dig a little deeper.

"After looking at it, I realized there were things we could do to maybe gather more evidence," he said. "We have some tools that aren't available to law enforcement and so we gathered that evidence together."

Although the 17-year-old is considered an adult, Bland said the law prohibits teachers from having intimate relationships with students.

"When you're a teacher, you're in a special position to influence that child and therefore there is a crime associated with that and there should be because we don't want teachers taking advantage of students," Bland said. "Certainly not in this way."

Bland said more charges are possible. If convicted, Maples could face anywhere from probation to 20 years in prison.