On Friday, a Taylor ISD teacher was jailed after a sexual relationship with a student was alleged.
An investigation by the Taylor Police Department led to the arrest of Blanca Fransua Claudio Laracuente, 28, who was charged with sexual assault of a child and improper relationship between educator and student. Both charges are second degree felonies.
The victim is a 16-year-old boy.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Laracuente, a Spanish teacher at Taylor High School, allegedly had sexual contact with the student on multiple occasions.
Originally, Laracuente told detectives nothing ever happened between her and the student. She then said in March of this year the student got close to her and maybe wanted to kiss her, according to the affidavit.
Laracuente later changed the story and said the situation escalated from there including a point where the student asking her to close the door, the affidavit said. She did not document the student’s behavior in her daily observations.
According to the affidavit, when detectives asked Laracuente if she and the student had ever had intercourse, Laracuente said no. While answering, she was nodding her head as if saying yes.
During an interview with the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center, the victim said Laracuente performed sexual acts on multiple occasions. The most recent was allegedly Oct. 20 in Laracuente’s classroom during lunch.
On Oct. 22, Taylor detectives received a notification from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services advising the department of alleged sexual relations between Laracuente and a student at the high school. Taylor detective’s investigation established probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant.
“We take all complaints against district personnel seriously and will see to it that this matter is investigated thoroughly,” Keith Brown, Taylor ISD superintendent, said in a statement last week.
On Friday, Nov. 6, Taylor ISD sent a letter to parents about the incident.
“The safety and well-being of our students is always our highest priority,” the letter said. “Like you, we are obviously shocked and dismayed by this allegation and will be working to support all of our students in coping with this disturbing news. We want to assure parents that the district ensures matters of this nature are immediately investigated. This commitment includes addressing any and all allegations that can potentially impact the safety of our students and school operations.”
At this time, the Taylor Police Department is not aware of any other victims.
Laracuente is still in custody at the Williamson County Jail with charges pending.