Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle
A 51-year-old Houston Independent School District teacher assistant is facing charges of sexual assault after she allegedly coerced a male student into sexual relations, including at least once in the school’s parking lot, according to court records filed by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
The student, who was 16 years old at the time of the alleged sexual abuse, told investigators that Tedria Fluellen had coerced him into oral sex, according to a Nov. 22 charging document filed against Fluellen, who’s worked at Worthing High School for the past two years.
In a court hearing, a magistrate set Fluellen’s bail to $40,000 calling the case a “public safety issue.”
The two had at least four sexual encounters, including at the teacher assistant’s home, in her storage unit in Pasadena, at the student’s home and inside her car in the parking lot of Worthing High School.
The alleged abuse began in 2018, documents show. The student and Fluellen knew each other from school, but also because they went to the same Baptist church, according to court documents.
Fluellen is further accused of giving the student a phone for his birthday. The two allegedly shared sexually graphic and explicit photos on their cell phones, which the student’s grandmother found on the student’s phone, documents showed. The grandmother called 911 and reported the alleged sexual abuse to HISD police, according to records.
In an interview with police, Fluellen admitted to performing oral sex on the student but denied sexual penetration, records show.
HISD released a statement to the Houston Chronicle about Fluellen.
“We are aware that a former HISD employee has been arrested and charged,” the statement read. “We are cooperating fully with the Harris County District Attorney’s office. Keeping our students and campuses safe so that productive instruction can take place remains the district’s top priority.”
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Michelle Iracheta is a digital reporter in Houston.
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