A once lauded teacher in Texas was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly performing oral sex on one of her students. Randi Chaverria, who was named the Secondary Teacher of the Year by their school district back in May, is now facing charges of improper relationship between teacher and student and could lose her teaching license if proven guilty.

According to authorities, Chaverria had an improper relationship with her student and twice performed oral sex on him inside a classroom at Round Rock High School. After the school administration discovered the alleged encounters, Chaverria elected to take a leave before an investigation was carried out. The school then immediately notified the parents of students via an email that Chaverria had an improper relationship with one of the students, prompting the teacher to resign from her position on Nov. 19.

As the police became involved in the investigation, the 17-year-old student told officers that he actually had a relationship with Chaverria last month. The student presented text messages between him and his former teacher, which appeared to be consistent with his accusations.

Meanwhile, Round Rock High School Principal Matt Groff assured parents that they had conducted a state background check on Chaverria prior to her being hired. Her record showed she had solid prior employment, so there was no reason for them not to hire her.

“Safety is the top priority of Round Rock High School and Round Rock ISD,” wrote Groff. “Ensuring a safe and secure learning environment requires a partnership between students, parents, campus and district staff, as well as law enforcement,” he added.

Chaverria had been teaching for six years before her offense was exposed. Just recently, she was named the Round Rock Independent School District 2019 Secondary Teacher of the year and was congratulated by the ISD on Facebook.

“Congratulations to Randi Chaverria, Round Rock High School Family Science Teacher, for being named the 2019 Secondary Teacher of the Year!” reads the Facebook post. Chaverria credited her family’s passion for education when she received her award.

Currently, Chaverria is free from jail on bond. However, her case is still pending at the State Board for Educator Certification, meaning she could lose her teaching license anytime.

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