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Former teacher marries former student

CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A former East Texas teacher accused of having an improper relationship with a student may not be prosecuted.

That's because the two are now married. It's a new development that could make prosecuting the case a little more difficult because the law exempts spouses from testifying against each other.

Police say the relationship between Jesus "Jesse" Gonzalez and a then-17 year old student started at Hudson High School in Angelina County.... But it was in Cherokee County where the two decided to get a license to wed.

The two were married in Houston on June 11, 2011.

Their application for the marriage license stood out to Cheryl Cameron, a Cherokee County Clerk.

"Because I worked in Angelina County, I knew where their cities were that they were living in, and I said, 'You came all the way to Cherokee County to get your marriage license?,'" she said.

Cameron says she usually doesn't ask questions.

"I just look at your drivers license or birth certificate or ID card and if it indicates you're 18 that's just about the only thought I give to it," said Cameron.

Hudson ISD was alerted to a possible romantic relationship between Gonzalez and a student by the Angelina County Sheriff's office in March. According to the affidavit, a deputy on patrol approached a vehicle parked in a wooded area outside of Lufkin and found the pair inside. After questioning the student confirmed the relationship.

Upon hearing of the alleged relationship, HISD contacted the Texas Education Agency.

"This is a process that we've always followed. We compile the information and I send a letter to the commissioner of education reporting this allegation," said HISD Superintendent Mary Ann Whiteker.

Whiteker says the district plans to put an added focus on appropriate teacher-student relationships during training this August.

"We are constantly reminding our staff that this is inappropriate, it is against the law and we need to maintain a professional relationship with out students," she said.

When a reporter went by the home at the address listed on the marriage license nobody answered the door.

The Angelina County District Attorney said the charges against Gonzalez will remain pending as the investigation continues.

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