A ‘Teacher of the Year’ in Texas who was arrested Tuesday for having an improper relationship with a student allegedly performed oral sex on him in a classroom.
School officials said in an email to parents that they were first notified that Randi Chaverria had an improper relationship with a student on Monday, Nov. 18. Once they were notified, Chaverria “elected to take leave” before the administration received the report.
According to an affidavit obtained by KVUE-TV, Chaverria had sexual contact with a current student several times while she was a teacher at Round Rock High School during the 2019 fall semester. The student reportedly told police she performed oral sex on him twice in his classroom on or about Oct. 16.
After reviewing text messages between the student and Chaverria, officials said they were consistent with the student’s claims regarding his relationship with her.
Round Rock Independent School District officials said the former Teacher of the Year was already on personal leave as of Nov. 18 from the week prior to the allegation surfacing. District officials said HR called Chaverria in the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 19, then Chaverria came in and submitted her resignation.
She later turned herself in at the Williamson County Jail and has been charged with improper relationship between educator and student, the district said.
New data from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) shows there has been a rise in inappropriate relationships between teachers and students in recent years.
One explanation for the recent spike in relationships could be because of the “Pass the Trash” state law passed in 2017, which strengthened requirements for principals and superintendents to report inappropriate relationships.