Erica Dinora Gomez, a 23-year-old teacher at Bowie High School in Austin, Texas has been arrested for an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old student. Gomez was booked into Travis County Jail this week with a bail of $75,000.
According to Austin American-Statesman, Gomez is facing two felony charges of sexual assault of a child and an improper relationship between an educator and a student.
If convicted, Gomez will face between two and 20 years in prison.
Details of how authorities received a lead that ultimately led to Gomez’s arrest can be seen below.
Gomez was arrested on two felony accounts related to an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old student. Authorities first became of the allegations after the boy’s mother went through his phone when she heard him come home early Sunday morning. When going through his phone, the mother discovered explicit Snapchat messages that read, “Babe… We’ve had car sex twice… Like that blows my mind LOL.”
Another message referred to “fun in the back seat,” according to the Daily Mail.
Gomez, who graduated from the University of Texas a year ago, allegedly had sex up to five times over the course of a few months. She was fired from Bowie High School once they learned of the allegations.
Where Is Bowie High School?
Bowie High School is the largest school in the Austin Independent School District with a student body of 3,000. The school is home to students grades 9 through 12 with a staff of 243 led by principal Mark Robinson. Bowie High School, which was established in 1988, was previously ranked as the No. 8 public high school in Austin by Children at Risk. The school mascot is the Bulldogs, with colors of black, red and silver.