A former middle school teacher has been accused of sexually abusing a former student who was only 13-years-old through a video game.
Investigators allege Marka Bodine, 31, began having sex with the boy in 2018, just after his 13th birthday.
Bodine was arrested last weekend, five days after the now-16-year-old came forward with his admission.
The Tomball Police confirmed charging Bodine with continuous sexual abuse of a child. She has yet to enter a plea to that charge and was released on $100,000 bond.
The principal at Tomball Intermediate School contacted police after meeting with Bodine according to the affidavit.
Bodine allegedly told the principal a former student was harassing her.
Bodine went on to allege how the former student was making threats to hurt himself. She also claimed he had somehow accessed private photos of her that he then manipulated. When they spoke to the former student, the boy alleged that Bodine had befriended him via an online video game.
The two started texting, and soon after, began exchanging explicit images and videos. The alleged victim told detectives the two first had sex shortly after he turned 13, and that the abuse continued for more than two years.
The former student also alleged the two had had sex in her classroom and her car several times. Bodine confessed during interviews with police, according to the affidavit.
Tomball Independent School District officials said in a statement, Bodine was “placed on administrative leave” as soon as the allegations came to light, and she then “resigned.”
The statement continues: “Any and all employee misconduct allegations are taken seriously and are investigated thoroughly and promptly. The safety of our students in Tomball ISD is our number one priority and any substantiated allegations of employee misconduct will not be tolerated. The district will be providing the appropriate social-emotional support to students and staff; we ask that the media and public respect the safety and privacy of the campus community.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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