The 24-year-old female middle school teacher in Houston busted for having a torrid, months-long romance with a 13-year-old male student — and getting pregnant with his baby and then having an abortion — has accepted a plea deal which will result in a punishment that could range from mere probation to up to three long decades in prison.
The now-former eighth-grade English teacher, Alexandria Vera, agreed to the plea deal on Wednesday morning, reports area CBS affiliate KHOU.
Police arrested Vera in June on a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child because, police said, she had sex “on almost a daily basis at her home” with the unidentified youngster for about nine months.
The lesser charge to which Vera has pleaded guilty is aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Before her brush with the law over allegations of the baby-making affair, Vera taught at Houston’s Thomas J. Stovall Middle School.
Prosecutors say Vera and the unidentified, 13-year-old student began their courtship with some flirting, a bit of texting and the requisite exchange of digits last year during summer school in 2015. (RELATED: Cops: Teacher Traumatized 13-Year-Old Male Student With Months Of Sex ‘On Almost A Daily Basis’)
In September, according to court documents, the student asked Vera if they could spend some quality time together off campus.
Vera obliged, according to investigating officer J. Gonzalez. She drove to the student’s house and picked him up. They cruised around town. They made out.
The following day, Gonzalez’s probable cause document explains, Vera returned to the student’s house. His parents were gone. And so the pair had sex for the first time.
The sex continued — “on almost a daily basis at her home,” the court document says — from mid-September until January of this year.
In October, the student’s parents attended an open house at Stovall Middle School. They met Vera.
Next, the probable cause document states, Vera headed over to the student’s house and announced to his parents that she was his girlfriend.
According to the probable cause document, the parents were “accepting of their relationship” and invited her over to the house for “family gatherings.” They also allegedly approved of his daily ventures to her quaint suburban home, where he would frequently spend the night.
Vera’s house was a fiesta atmosphere.
“She was having a lot of kids in her home,” a neighbor told KHOU. “There was drinking in the front.” There were empty beer cans on the lawn.
The neighbor also said that Vera’s guests “did not look older than high school, maybe.”
Vera, the mother of a 4-year-old daughter, said her 13-year-old paramour was the toddler’s brother, according to witnesses.
In January, Vera allegedly became pregnant. The 13-year-old student was apparently the father.
Vera allegedly told the 13-year-old student’s family about the bundle of joy.
The 13-year-old student’s family was “very supportive and excited about the baby,” according to the probable cause document.
Vera ended up having an abortion, the document says, after officials with Houston’s Child Protective Services showed up at Stovall Middle School to investigate allegations of her relationship with the 13-year-old male student.
The lesser charge of aggravated sexual assault to which Vera has pleaded guilty still carries a possibly stiff penalty.
Prosecutors say they will ask the judge to throw the former teacher in the slammer for 30 years — the maximum sentence.
Vera’s defense attorneys will seek probation.
The student with who Vera had all the sex is now 14 years old. He is living with a foster family.
The teen’s parents, who have three other children, have not been charged with any crimes. However, they have been ordered to undergo parenting classes.
Prior to taking the plea deal, Vera had admitted to investigators that she had engaged in the affair with the student, according to Houston NBC affiliate KPRC-TV,
At another point in the investigation, she had denied that she had months of sex with the student.
The conditions of Vera’s bond require her to wear the ankle monitor, stay 200 feet away from all schools and avoid the teen who prosecutors say impregnated her — and, in fact, all minor children.
Her sentencing hearing will occur in January.