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Warrant alleges long-term sexual relationship between Palestine High School teacher, student

Samantha Woolverton (Source: Anderson County Jail) Samantha Woolverton (Source: Anderson County Jail)
PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) -

An arrest warrant reveals new details regarding the relationship between a high school teacher and a student. 

Samantha Woolverton, a teacher at Palestine High School, was arrested at her home on Feb. 6, 2018, charged with the second-degree felony of Improper Relationship between Educator and Student. 

Now, KLTV media partner the Palestine Herald-Press has reported that the contents of the warrant indicated that Woolverton, 32, was having sex with a student as early as the 2016-17 school year. 

“Through investigation and speaking with several students and faculty members, it can reasonably be believed that a relationship of a sexual nature has taken place between the defendant and a student enrolled at Palestine High School,” the warrant states.

Reported to police in interviews with students and faculty members was information that indicated Woolverton was engaging in sexual activity with a student in her personal vehicle, and that it occurred numerous times, the paper reports. 

Larissa Loveless, Palestine ISD Director of Public Relations, confirmed to KLTV that the allegations were brought to the administration's attention in early February. The employee was placed on administrative leave and will continue to be on leave during the investigation.

If convicted in this case, Woolverton faces 2 to 20 years in prison. 

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