A female teacher at a Fort Worth all-boys school was arrested Wednesday, accused of having an improper relationship with a 15-year-old student, including taking him out of state without his parents’ knowledge.
Alina Leung, a sixth- and seventh-grade teacher at the P.L. Dunbar Young Men’s Leadership Academy, was arrested at her North Richland Hills apartment, according to Sgt. Wade Walls, supervisor of the crimes against children unit.
Leung, 29, faces charges of sexual assault of a child, unlawful restraint and improper relationship between a teacher and student.
She was being held in the Mansfield jail Thursday morning. The recommended bond on the warrants totaled $35,000.
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The relationship came to light after the teen’s father opened the family’s laptop on Jan. 20 and found his son’s Facebook page still open, according to an arrest warrant affidavit written by crimes against children Detective D.M. Savage.
The father discovered that his son and Leung had been exchanging messages indicating the teen and teacher had an improper relationship, the affidavit states.
The boy’s parents notified the academy’s principal about the messages. The principal notified Fort Worth police.
Leung’s status with the school district could not be learned immediately Wednesday evening, a spokesman said.
According to the district’s website, Leung taught science at the academy at 5100 Willie St., the district’s first all-boys school. A “school of choice,” the academy offers students from sixth grade through 12th “a rigorous college preparatory curriculum” with paths in engineering and business marketing technology.
Lex Johnston, Leung’s attorney, said he had not had a chance to review the case against his client.
“I asked the detective about what he was going to charge, I was not informed about all of the charges,” Johnston said. “We will investigate this thoroughly and the truth will come out.”
The teen told a forensic interviewer on Jan. 25 while he was a freshman, he had begun hanging out with Leung in her classroom with other kids and helping her grade papers.
He said the two began emailing and Facebook messaging in October 2015 as a way to communicate. He said he told the teacher he had feelings for her and that she expressed the same to him.
The teen said they later used basketball games as an excuse to be together. Instead of going to the games, he told authorities, they met at Leung’s apartment while her boyfriend was away at work.
He said the pair at first watched movies, and later progressed to cuddling and kissing but that Leung told him in a Facebook message that she didn’t want to have sex with him until 2017 when it would be legal, the affidavit states.
The teen said, however, he kept asking if they could have sex and that Leung eventually agreed in November before Thanksgiving.
The teen told the interviewer that the sexual relationship continued at Leung’s apartment and once in the back seat of the teacher’s Jeep.
During the first week of Christmas break, he said, Leung took him to Oklahoma where they stayed at a hotel and toured the Oklahoma University campus. The affidavit states the teen’s parents were unaware that Leung had taken their son to Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma trip is what led to the complaint of unlawful restraint because Leung took the boy across state lines outside a 120-mile radius from his home and his parents had not “acquiesced in the movement,” the affidavit said.
Police obtained copies of Facebook messages.
“I don’t want anything bad to happen to either of us so we both need to watch out for the outside world. If you say we need to see each other less [then] we will,” Leung wrote, according to the affidavit.
The teen, the affidavit states, sent the teacher pictures saying “I love you.”
“I hope you’re not filling my head with fairy tales,” the teacher responded. “I mean it when I say I love you and want to be with you forever.”
Another message she sent the teen included a picture of three different “body icings” and the remark, “Sorry they didn’t have a sample size of chocolate,” the affidavit states.
The teen told investigators that Leung sent him photos of her breasts after he had asked for them and in return, he sent her pictures of himself without a shirt on.
Police conducted a forensic analysis of the teen’s phone with his parents’ consent and found multiple photos of Leung and pictures of breasts. In at least one of those, Leung’s face is visible, the affidavit states.