A Texas middle school teacher, 48-year-old Kristina Lynn Moore, has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a student for over a year, according to authorities. The alleged victim provided police with the details, which included encounters at school, Moore's home, the victim's home, and along a dead-end road near an elementary school in Katy, Texas.
KHOU reported July 24 that Kristina Moore, now a former science teacher at Thornton Middle School in the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD (Independent School District) just outside of Houston, Texas, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child this week. The arrest came, according to the District Attorney's office, after an investigation that began in April when a fellow teacher at Thornton Middle School reported that there seemed to be suspicious activity between Moore and the student. A subsequent perusal of the school's surveillance videos confirmed the teacher's suspicions, law enforcement was notified, and an investigation was launched.
Authorities say that the male student said he was 14 years old when the relationship started back in 2013. The two began exchanging text messages that quickly led to their first sexual encounter. The student even recalled the exact date: February 5, 2013. School records show that Kristina Moore called in sick that day.
Court documents, according to KPRC in Houston, show that the 14-year-old former Thornton Middle School student opened up about his sexual encounters with the science teacher, divulging that the two had numerous assignations -- some at school, some at his house, some at Kristina Moore's house, and even one near an elementary school in Katy, Texas.
Moore denied allegations of inappropriate activity at the same time the alleged victim told law enforcement everything, the two being confronted separately and during the same time period so that neither could alert the other and/or construct a cover story for their suspicious behavior.
Kristina Lynn Moore was removed from the Thornton Middle School campus in May during the investigation. She was subsequently fired by the school district, which issued the statement: "The teacher in question was removed from campus immediately when the allegations were made and is no longer an employee of the district. We are extremely concerned by the seriousness of the charges and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement. The safety of our students is our number one priority; inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated."
She appeared before a magistrate Thursday.
Moore's two charges are felonies, and she faces up to twenty years in prison if convicted.