LOCKHART, Texas — A high school anatomy teacher got a little too hands on when educating a student.
Sarah Fowlkes, 27, was all smiles in her mugshot when she was arrested on charges that she groped a 17-year-old male student at a Texas high school.
The student alleges that Fowlkes “touched (his) genitals with the intent to arouse or gratify (his) sexual desire and that (he) made contact with the defendant’s breasts with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of the defendant,” the Lockhart police report read, according to KXAS-TV.
Police were brought into investigate after the allegation came to the attention of an administrator at Lockhart High School on March 10, officials said.
The school says Fowlkes has been suspended and will not return.
“Lockhart parents entrust their children to us every day, and it is something we do not take lightly. Student safety is the district’s most important priority,” said school Superintendent Susan Bohn. “The district does not and will not tolerate any improper communication or contact between a teacher and child.”
Her lawyer, Jason Nassour said all is not as it would seem and that his client was beaming because she knows she is innocent.
“You’ve got a young lady who was arrested on the statement of a 17-year-old kid with no corroborating evidence,” he said. “This isn’t a guilty person sitting there like they just got caught. When everything’s fleshed out it won’t be as it appears.”
Fowlkes, who is married, taught anatomy and physiology and had taught at the school for four years, officials said.
She has been charged with having an improper relationship between an educator and a student and has been released on bond.