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Second Former Permian Teacher Arrested for Improper Relationship With Student


By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Another former teacher from Permian High School is now facing charges for having a relationship with a student.

It's the second arrest within five days. Former swim coach Kathryn Maples was arrested last week on the same charges.

April Collins is accused of sending sexually explicit text messages to a 19-year-old student.

The former Permian High School trainer resigned in April amid the allegations.

On June 10, a grand jury indicted Collins on four counts of improper relationship between an educator and student and online solicitation of a student.

She was arrested on Monday morning.

"On the same day that Kathryn Maples was arrested, we attempted to arrest her as well but she (Collins) was out of town," Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland said. "We got in touch with her. When she came into town she came to our office this (Monday) morning and turned herself in."

According to the indictment, Collins sent the student pictures of her breasts and her genitals along with explicit text messages describing oral sex and sexual intercourse with the student.

The indictment also said that Collins also offered to rent a room so two could meet.

In both cases involving April Collins and Kathryn Maples, ECISD investigations couldn't find enough evidence for charges.

"We decided we need to look at them to make sure they were fully investigated," Bland said.

Bland said his office has tools that aren't available to law enforcement. He said these tools brought back evidence that led to the indictments.

"When a teacher or an educator takes advantage of a student, that's a special relationship and they shouldn't take advantage," Bland said. "It's important when someone commits these crimes, they're held accountable."

Collins is being held in the Ector County Jail on $60,000 bond.