English teacher ‘had sex with boy, 13, for three years and sent him nudes’

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An ex-teacher has been accused of a three-year sexual affair with a 13-year-old boy.

Marka Lee Bodine, 31, was arrested on Saturday for continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, following allegations she groomed her victim for sex.

It is alleged the relationship lasted three years starting in 2018 when he was 13, and that she also sent him explicit images and videos.

The boy, who is now aged 16, reported the alleged abuse at the hands of his former teacher at Tomball Intermediate School in Houston, Texas, last Monday.

Tomball Police Chief Jeff Bert told Fox 26, the "overwhelmed" boy came forward to report the alleged continuous and ongoing sexual misconduct he suffered from Bodine.

Chief Bert said: "It was definitely a cry out for help. He had reached out to a school, and he reached out to the police department as well, so I think he just became overwhelmed with it and reached out to us."

If Bodine is found guilty, she faces a maximum sentence of 25 years behind bars.

The former English teacher of six years was taken into custody on Saturday and booked into the Harris County jail, according to reports.

She has since been released after paying out a $100,000 (£72,000) bond.

Bodine appeared in court on Monday and was ordered to wear a GPS monitor as one of the conditions of her release, KPRC reported.

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According to court documents, she had told the police that her former sixth grade student was harassing her and threatening to harm himself.

Bodine later allegedly admitted to engaging in a sexual relationship with that same boy which lasted three years, beginning in 2018 when he was just 13 years old.

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In addition to alleged physical abuse it is alleged that the 31-year-old sent her pupil dozens of explicit videos and photos.

Chief Bert said the investigation has uncovered evidence in the form of social media posts and text messages, suggesting that Bodine had been grooming the victim for sex.

The Tomball Independent School District released a statement, stressing that the case involved a former student "who does not currently attend Tomball ISD schools".

According to district officials, the school immediately placed Bodine on administrative leave on the back of the allegations and she has since resigned.

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