Sarah Fowlkes, a former science teacher at Lockhart High School, was arrested on March 20 following accusations of an improper sexual “relationship” with a 17-year-old student.
Sarah Fowlkes, 27, turned herself in to Lockhart Police this week after a warrant had been issued for her arrest.
Cops initiated their investigation earlier this month after receiving a tip from an administrator at Lockhart High School, located 60 kilometres south of Austin, Texas.
Police Chief Ernest Pedraza accused Fowlkes, a biology teacher, of engaging in “sexual contact with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of” the alleged victim, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
Who Is Sarah Fowlkes?
Sarah Fowlkes, 27, taught science classes at Lockhart High School since October 2014. She is a Texas native who has been arrested on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. Fowlkes can be seen smiling and smirking in her mugshot and booking photo.
Specifically, Fowlkes engaged in “sexual content with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of the student,” Lockhart police. Also of note, Fowlkes has been married since October 2013. She and her husband live in New Braunfels, Texas, roughly 40 minutes outside of Lockhart.
The school district’s superintendent says Fowlkes has been suspended and won’t return, according to the report.
“On behalf of the district and Board of Trustees, I want to assure parents we do not tolerate this kind of behavior and are fully cooperating with law enforcement and CPS,” Supt. Susan Bohn wrote in an e-mail to parents.
“We will always take swift action to make sure concerns are properly investigated and actions taken to ensure student safety.”
Fowlkes faces a charge of having an improper relationship between an educator and a student.
She bonded out shortly after being taken into custody.