HOUSTON - A former Aldine ISD teacher impregnated by a 13-year-old student agreed to a plea deal Wednesday morning.
Alexandria Vera was originally charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child after her June arrest. She pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Vera was a teacher at Stovall Middle School when she began having sex with an 8th grader. Harris County prosecutors say the sexual relationship went on for nine months.
According to court documents, Vera said she and the victim “love each other.” She said the two met in summer school, then grew close the following school year.
During an open house in the fall, Vera claimed she was introduced to the victim’s parents as “his girlfriend.” She also told investigators the boy’s family accepted the relationship, invited her to family gatherings and became “very supportive and excited” when told Vera was pregnant with the victim’s child in January, according to court records.
But when Child Protective Services showed up at the school to question Vera and the victim, she said she got nervous and later had an abortion.
Neighbors say they saw the boy at Vera’s house all the time and there were regular sleepovers. They say Vera, who has a 4-year-old daughter, claimed the boy was her brother.
She sometimes had as many as five teenage boys over at one time, according to neighbors.
“She was having a lot of kids in her home,” one neighbor said. “There was drinking in the front. We always found beer bottles and beer cans on her side of the lawn and half of the (teens) did not look older than high school, maybe.”
Vera won’t be sentenced until January. Prosecutors agreed to a maximum term of 30 years. Defense attorneys will ask for probation. Vera could have faced life in prison under the original charge.
The boy, now 14, will remain in foster care through at least August 2017. His parents, who have three other children, have been ordered to undergo therapy and attend parent classes. They were not charged in the case.
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