Former Keene High School teacher accused of sexual relations with students

CLEBURNE -- A former Keene High School teacher pleaded not guilty Wednesday on four charges stemming from her relationships with three high school students, including sexual assault of a child.

Michelle Reed Daniel, 40, was indicted in April by a Johnson County grand jury after being accused of having sexual relationships with the young men between January 2009 and October 2009.

She was arraigned in state District Judge John Neill's court at about 9 a.m. Daniel was arrested earlier this month and has been out of jail on a $5,000 bail.

Keene school officials confirmed Daniel has resigned from the district but earlier this week. Daniel taught math at Keene High School for more than 10 years.

Three charges in the indictment charge Daniel with having an improper relationship between an educator and a student, which is a second-degree felony. In those charges, Daniel is accused of having sexual intercourse with the Keene High School students.

In the fourth charge of sexual assault of a child, Daniel is accused of having sex with one of the students when he was under the age of 17.

Keene police began investigating Daniel in January after receiving information about her alleged sexual relations with the students, according to Lt. Pat Jones, a police department spokesman.

There are rumors of other victims, but that no one else has come forward, he said.

Fort Worth attorney Jim Lane is representing Daniel. To avoid media scrutiny, he had his client arrested in Westover Hills earlier this month, and then processed through the Westworth Village jail.