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Investigators look for other cases involving Azle teacher

FORT WORTH -- A former teacher accused of having sexual contact with an 18-year-old student told the student to “trust her” like all the other boys, according to a search warrant affidavit.

That statement leads investigators to believe that Julianna Sauls, 38, may have had other improper relationships with male students, the affidavit stated.

Sauls turned herself in Wednesday to Tarrant County authorities on warrants for suspicion of sexual assault and improper relationship between an educator and a student. Both are second-degree felonies.

Parker County deputies initiated a similar investigation Thursday into at least one other similar incident involving Sauls, Sheriff Larry Fowler said.

Sauls bonded out from the Tarrant County Jail shortly after she turned herself in Wednesday. A message left at a telephone listing for her in Azle was not returned.

According to the affidavit, Sauls was previously the victim’s algebra teacher at Azle Christian School, a private school not associated with the school district. Azle Police Chief Steve Myers said the charges stem from the fact that she was his teacher at the time of the incident, not his age.

The student told police that the teacher had made sexual contact with him in class, groping him both over and under his pants and once not letting him leave the classroom unless “they made out.”

The student told police that no other students were present during these interactions but that he had once witnessed Sauls kissing another student in a vehicle. He also said Sauls had given him her phone number and address “so he could come by her residence and have sex with her while her children were asleep,” the affidavit stated.

The student said he agreed to meet Sauls in the Azle High School parking lot in September after she first agreed she wouldn’t do anything sexual to him. But what started as a normal conversation there, he told police, turned into Sauls talking about her sexual frustrations and that her husband was not sexually satisfying her. He said Sauls then began to perform oral sex on him but he pushed her back and told her to stop.

“After the first few seconds of what was going on, he regained his composure enough to realize this was not proper and removed himself,” Myers said.

The student told police that Sauls became upset and tried to convince the student no one would find out, he told police. He said he told her he was not interested and then left the school.

The student and his father reported the incident to Azle police on Oct. 28.

“You have a trust situation there between the student and the teacher and very often they’re afraid to bring this type of thing forward,” Myers said.

Sauls has a teaching certificate from the State Board of Education valid through September 2013 for teaching fourth through eight grades. She doesn’t have a criminal history in Parker or Tarrant counties, according to court records.

Myers said the incident has drawn a significant amount of attention to the community since Sauls’ arrest.

“Your schools define you and Azle is one of those kinds of places where your kids are the centerpoints of most things,” Myers said. “This wasn’t a public school situation, but its student-teacher, and that raises people’s interest

“It angers them -- and it should.”

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