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Drama teacher charged with sexual assault marries teen

Drama teacher charged with sexual assault marries teen

POSTED: Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 11:09pm

UPDATED: Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 11:48pm

An acting teacher in Houston faces child sex charges, and investigators said he went to extreme lengths to avoid prosecution.

Ilich Guardiola, 41, dodged questions has he was taken to Harris County Jail in handcuffs.

The drama teacher is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl who was his student.

"It seems like it happens for frequently now. It's sad," said Julie Gist, a parent.

Guardiola was a contracted drama coach at the Houston Family Arts Center.

Parents there didn't seem to know much of him, but knew he was let go after allegations surfaced a month ago.

"That's the first I've heard that news. I'm very sad to hear that," said Debbie McDaniel, another parent.

According to court records, during a traffic stop, Guardiola was with the teenage girl.  After police questioned the two, records state the girl told police she was in love with him.

Police said text messages revealed she was having sex with Guardiola.

Court records show the teen's mom did approve of the teen's relationship, and even traveled to Las Vegas with her daughter so she could marry Guardiola.

The performing arts school where Guardiola was a contracted drama coach, severed ties with him last month.

Police said they notified other schools that Guardiola has been associated with. If there are other victims, police are asking them to come forward.  

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