Whitehouse teacher faces charge, former student not surprised

Photo Source: Gregg County Jail
Photo Source: Gregg County Jail

WHITEHOUSE, TX (KLTV) - By Courtney Lane - bio | email
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WHITEHOUSE, TX (KLTV) - A Whitehouse teacher has resigned amidst allegations she had sexual contact with a student. Ashley Ochs, 23, has already bonded out of the Gregg County Jail. She is facing a charge of having an improper relationship with a student who is 17 years old.

A former student of Ms. Ochs says her behavior in the classroom was anything but professional.

"She was into baseball players," said Will Palmer. "That's who she went after mostly, the big buff guys."

Palmer says former physics teacher Ashley Ochs was very flirty in the classroom. Outside of school, he saw a text she sent to one of his friends and remembers guys often talking about her.

"They were like, 'If we could get with any teacher, it would be her,'" said Palmer. "They thought it was cool."

Rewind to last August. We interviewed the A&M grad as she trained with horses, giddy to start teaching at Whitehouse.

"A lot of my class is going to be hard to understand for kids who've never studied physics," Ochs said in August. "I'm going to need to break it down to their level."

Now, ambitions for the 23-year-old teacher and volunteer coach may be shattered.

"She was charged with sexual contact," said Detective K. Huckabee with Whitehouse Police.

Whitehouse Police say it started when Ms. Ochs got a student's number from Facebook.

"At first it was reported to be some kind of sexual explicit text messaging back and forth - flirting [and] things like that," said Detective Huckabee.

They say the relationship escalated. In the arrest affidavit, the 17-year-old student says he met Ms. Ochs at a home and had sex with her.

"There were some other students at the residence," said Detective Huckabee.

Ochs claims they did not have sexual intercourse but did engage in sexual activity - news that's concerning parents.

"I was shocked because it's like the teacher is supposed to go to school to teach not to flirt with the kids or try to get relations," said Anita Otero.

"She was a good teacher but just the fact that she was so nice and flirty, especially towards guys and certain guys, it felt weird," said Palmer.

Palmer says Ms. Ochs was unlike any teacher he has ever had, talking about her personal life in class and wearing tight clothing.

Now, her teaching career may be in jeopardy.

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