POSTED: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 5:17pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 15, 2012 - 9:25am
EL PASO — Jesus Garcia, a teacher and tennis coach at Mountain View High School was arrested yesterday morning for allegedly having a sexual relationship with one of his underage students.
Authorities say Garcia locked himself and the 16 year old female student inside a restroom on campus, where they had sex. The incident allegedly happened last Thursday and was reported to law enforcement by the student two days later.
Garcia was placed on paid administrative leave shortly thereafter. The 47 year old year old is in custody and faces two criminal charges: sexual assault of a child and engaging in an improper relationship with a student.
The 16 year old girl also told officials that she and Garcia have been in a relationship since July 2012.
Jesus Garcia has worked for Clint Independent School District for 16 years. The school district confirmed yesterday that Garcia has been placed on suspension, pending the outcome of the investigation. They would not comment any further.