Accused ETX debate teacher marries student

Accused ETX debate teacher marries student

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A former Hudson High School teacher and his student are now married following allegations of an improper relationship between an educator and student.

Jesus "Jesse" Gonzalez, 24, filed for a marriage license on June 11, 2011 after the girl's 18th birthday, according to the Cherokee County Clerk's Office.

Gonzalez surrendered to authorities after being charged with having an improper relationship with his then, 17-year-old female student.

"They got married after she graduated from high school," said Gonzalez's attorney Al Charanza. "She is now 18 years old, an adult who can make decisions on her own."

The case is still pending.

"The law does provide that a wife can invoke a privilege not to testify against her husband," said Charanza.

A police affidavit states that on March 31, 2011, Michael Daniel, Hudson ISD Police Chief, received a call from a sergeant of the Angelina County Sheriff's department in reference to suspicious activity.

According to the affidavit, a deputy on patrol had approached a vehicle parked in a wooded area on FM 2497 and noticed a white male standing next to a small black car. The male was later identified as Jesus "Jesse" Gonzalez.  Also in the car was a 17-year-old girl who said she was a student at Hudson High School.  The student identified Gonzalez as a friend and teacher that she could talk to, the report stated.

Deputy M. Powell reported both Gonzalez and the girl appeared nervous, especially when he began questioning them about being in the isolated area.  Gonzalez advised that he had pulled off the main highway so that he could call a friend on his cell phone.

The deputy called other officials to the area after suspecting that the two were not being truthful on their reasoning for being in this isolated location.

Upon further questioning the report said the student confirmed a relationship with Gonzalez, her debate teacher, stating that they had been involved in several physical acts. Chief Daniel was called out to the location and took the student to meet with her parents and the Hudson High School principal, according to the report.

Gonzalez has since resigned his position with Hudson ISD.  He is charged with having an improper relationship between educator and student, which is a 2nd degree felony.  He is currently out of jail on a $5,000 bond.

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