Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Texas Teacher Charged with Sending Topless Photos to Minor

We all know that teachers give a great deal of time and energy to their students, often going above and beyond the call of duty in mentoring our children. There is the math teacher who arrives early every morning to help a high school senior struggling to pass Calculus. Or, the English teacher who sits at her kitchen table well past midnight paying careful attention to every line in her students' essays so that their writing skills are certain to be improved when they leave her classroom. Teachers regularly come to recitals, football games, school plays and other special events to show their support for their students' interests and talents. However, a teacher's attention to her students can go too far. Just ask Victoria Ann Chacon.

Chacon was a Sunday school teacher outside of San Antonio who gifted a fourteen-year-old boy at her church with a cell phone. This little piece of technology was not just intended for simple conversation, as Chacon included topless photos of herself on the screen. This graphic discovery comes months after the boy's parents had already discovered love letters that Chacon had written to her son. Given this written and visual evidence of wrongdoing, Ms. Chacon was charged yesterday with display of harmful material to a minor.

In addition to her leadership in Sunday school, Chacon had been employed at Somerset Junior High. She resigned from her position back in March after the school officials first learned of a possible improper relationship and mentioned an investigation would be forthcoming. There is no evidence that Ms. Chacon engaged in any improper activity with any students at her school of employment. The recipient of her half-naked photos goes to school in another district.

Almost all of our Texas school teachers are men and women who care for their students but always remain professional. However, a small percentage of teachers do cross the line and legal consequences will result. If you are a teacher and you have been accused of sharing pictures of your assets with minors, the defense attorneys at Bertolino LLP can provide the legal assistance that you will need. Please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office today.

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