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Texas Band Teacher Charged For Having Sex With 18-Year-Old Student

| by Emily Smith

Texas woman and assistant band director Michelle Strickland has been accused of having sex with one of her students and charged with having an improper relationship with the 18-year-old boy.

According to police, the pair would reportedly sneak off into a room in the band hall at Houston's Stratford High School where they would engage in oral sex. They also had sex at the student's home during spring break and continuously sent each other explicit text messages. 

After receiving an anonymous tip in April, police began investigating the possibility of an inappropriate relationship between the two. After Stratford's principal reviewed the student's phone for text message correspondences, the suspicions were confirmed.

Strickland, who had joined the school during the 2013-2014 year, was removed from the classroom and later dismissed. 

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According to authorities, the student involved in the case admitted to having a sexual relationship with Strickland. Strickland, however, has denied it.

Following the investigation, parents of the high school were sent a detailed message outlining Strickland's involvement and arrest. 

"This type of behavior will never be tolerated in Spring Branch ISD," a statement from the school read. "The bond of trust between our parents and students and the employees of the school district is critically important."

The statement also emphasized the importance of student safety and the swift action the school is willing to take against any employee who puts a student in danger.

"If these allegations are proven true," the statement continues, "we urge the justice system to take the strongest possible action against the former employee."

Strickland was released from jail on $10,000 bond after being charged.

Sources: DailyMail, NY Daily News