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Alleged affair between Johnson teacher, student an isolated case, district says

Alberta Padilla, 52, admitted to having sex with 17-year-old boy, district says

SAN ANTONIO – A spokeswoman for the North East Independent School District says an alleged sexual relationship between a Johnson High School teacher and her 17-year-old student appears to be an isolated case.

Aubrey Chancellor said at this point in their investigation, school district police do not believe anyone else was involved.

She said it appears Alberta Padilla, 52, had been having an ongoing sexual relationship with the teenage boy.

"It's inappropriate. It's unacceptable. And it's obviously very disappointing anytime you hear something like this," Chancellor said.  "We know that it's not reflective of the majority of our teachers who would never, ever even think of doing something like this. "

She said Padilla was arrested Monday after one of her relatives raised the allegations with NEISD police.

They launched an investigation and spoke with Padilla, who admitted to having the relationship, Chancellor said.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the teacher told investigators she began tutoring the teen, one of her students, outside of school in June 2016.

She told police she also fed him and clothed him, and eventually developed feelings for him, which led to the sexual relationship.

The affidavit says it went on from June of last year until last week.

The court document says Padilla told investigators she had sex with the boy at a park at least once, and later at her apartment about 15-20 times.

It also says she allowed him to stay at her home while her own children were away.

"The district has been in contact with the student's parents from the very beginning (of the investigation). We will remain in contact with them,” Chancellor said. “We will help them in any way we can."

Chancellor said because Padilla confessed to the allegations, the school district will be able to fast-track her termination.

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She also faces a criminal charge of engaging in an inappropriate relationship between a teacher and student.

Padilla was arrested Thursday and booked in to the Bexar County Jail.

Johnson High School’s principal sent a letter home with students Friday, informing parents about the arrest and the action the school district has taken.


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