More teacher-student relationships reported after new law in effect

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The Texas Education Agency says last fiscal year, 159 Texas teachers' licenses were revoked due to an inappropriate teacher-student relationship.

In El Paso, across all three major school districts there are currently two former teachers accused of having an inappropriate teacher-student relationship.

Both cases involve teachers who worked for the Socorro Independent School District.

In July, before the start of the 2017-2018 school year, 38-year-old Albert Licon, a former band director at Montwood High School, was arrested and booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility charged with an improper relationship between educator/student.

Licon was with SISD for four years before he was let go.

The second case happened in November.

Gerardo Saucedo, 38, was arrested and accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. Saucedo was a teacher at Pebble Hills High School.

From September to January, the TEA opened 136 cases of inappropriate teacher-student relationships.

In September, a new law went into effect in the state of Texas that now requires principals to report inappropriate teacher-student relationship cases to the district superintendent.

“Cause what we found in the past was there were times when a person left the employment of the district, the principal, either intentionally or unintentionally, that just did not get communicated to central office," said Doug Phillips, director of educator investigations for the TEA.

Since the new law went into effect, two more investigators were added to the TEA staff, so there are now a total of nine investigators handling about 120 cases.

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