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Eagle Mountain-Saginaw teacher accused of soliciting student

06/21/2011 11:50 PM

06/22/2011 8:47 AM

FORT WORTH -- A Boswell High School English teacher was arrested Tuesday, accused of having an improper relationship with a student.

Heather Jackson, who had been placed on administrative leave by Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school administrators last month, is accused of trying to solicit a 16-year-old student online.

Jackson, 37, may also face a charge of resisting arrest as a result of contact with a fugitive officer who arrested her Tuesday afternoon at her Fort Worth home, said Sgt. Pedro Criado, a police spokesman.

Jackson was in the city jail late Tuesday.

Jackson's attorney, Lex Johnston, said that he will "mount a vigorous defense to exonerate Ms. Jackson of these allegations."

"It is rather unfortunate that dedicated teachers like Ms. Jackson have their good names dragged through the mud and their careers ruined by false allegations," Johnston said.

Such cases are extremely complicated, and it could take several months to gather the evidence to clear his client's name, he said.

Jackson was placed on administrative leave last month after one student told school officials that Jackson was having improper communication with another student.

When questioned, the second student told school officials that Jackson had begun sending messages to him on Facebook and asking for other ways to reach him.

The boy told the officials that he eventually gave Jackson his cellphone number and that they began exchanging text messages that were initially innocuous but became more sexual.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, written by Detective J.D. Ross, Jackson asked the teen to go to a movie on Mother's Day, but he declined.

The affidavit says Jackson continued to text the boy, including asking him whether he knew why she had seated him in the front row of her class.

"Jackson stated that she sat him there so she could excite him when she bent over in front of him," the affidavit states.

The teen told Jackson that he felt "weird," the affidavit states, and that they should wait to talk until after the school year because she was his teacher.

Jackson agreed, but two days later began texting the teen again, stating, "I know u want to wait until summer but I don't."

Jackson suggested that they use code words and texted the teen, "U r so sexy!" the affidavit states.

After the teen again asked Jackson to stop sending him messages, he told school officials that Jackson called him into her classroom and showed him a typed letter, purportedly written by an attorney, threatening to sue the teen for slander if he did not delete the messages from his phone and Facebook as she watched.

The boy told school officials that once he deleted the messages in front of Jackson, she tore up the letter and put it in the trash.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the school district's attorney later recovered a copy of the letter from Jackson's school computer.

In her biography posted on Boswell High School's website, Jackson wrote of her five years teaching English, the master's degree she has earned, the one she is still seeking, and her 15 years of active duty in the Army.

Though her bio has been removed from the website, still posted there Tuesday under "Ms. Jackson's Jargon" was the statement: "Whatever your beliefs please note, that you can't believe everything you hear! Much of it, if not all of it, is FALSE!"

When Jackson was placed on administrative leave, an Eagle Mountain-Saginaw district spokeswoman told the Star-Telegram that an administrative investigation was under way but that the allegations "haven't risen to the level of a criminal investigation," nor did she foresee that they would.

Fort Worth police, however, began investigating after the boy's family filed a police report this month.

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