A teacher in Nevada was arrested on Monday after allegedly kissing and trading inappropriate messages with a teenage boy last fall.
Police confronted Breanna Hernandez, 27, at her attorney’s office on Monday, taking her into custody after a months-long investigation into her alleged relationship with a male student, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Hernandez, a teacher at Basic High School in Henderson, now faces two counts of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of lewdness with a minor, and two counts of luring a minor with a computer for a sexual act, according to the outlet.
Hernandez is alleged to have kissed the teenage boy, who's believed to be either 14 or 15, and had him over to her home for private visits on at least two occasions, according to an arrest report obtained by the Review-Journal. The male student, whose identity has not been shared, reportedly told police that he and Hernandez began communicating electronically in September, but then progressed to spending time together in person. On the night of Oct. 31, he and Hernandez kissed on her patio before her husband returned home, the student told police. Messages later obtained by police suggested that the pair may have kissed again a few days later.
“I went through the back door again, we sat down on the couch, she started to look for something to watch, she laid on my lap, we watched TV and kissed,” the student told police of his second in-person meeting with Hernandez.
In other messages obtained by police, Hernandez asked the student if he was going to “jump the wall” — an apparent reference to the wall at the back of her home, according to the report. The student reportedly explained to police that he had to enter the house by climbing over the back wall “because she has a doorbell camera.”
A female student went to police on Nov. 7 with her suspicions of an illicit relationship after the male student borrowed her phone but failed to log out of a messaging app before returning it, Las Vegas’ KLAS-TV reports. The female student said that she began receiving the male student’s messages, and soon realized that messages from Hernandez suggested that the two were in a relationship.
Authorities were able to locate the boy and interview him, the Review-Journal reports. The male student told police that he and Hernandez had discussed ending their relationship earlier that same day.
“We both knew that we have to, but I didn’t really want to, and she said she didn’t really want to, but we knew we had to,” he said.
He and Hernandez first started out talking about “school stuff,” but their conversations eventually took an inappropriate turn; he began calling her pretty and complimenting her body, while she complimented his appearance in return, KLAS-TV reports. He said that Hernandez also began driving him home every day after their encounter on Halloween for about two weeks.
Police retrieved several devices from Hernandez’ home after obtaining a search warrant on Nov. 27, at which point they were able to find some of the same messages the female student had seen on the male student’s account, says KLAS-TV. However, Hernandez is alleged to have deleted several other suggestive messages from her devices.
A judge set Hernandez's bail at $5,000 and ordered her on Tuesday to have no further contact with her alleged victim, the Review-Journal reports. She was released from the Clark County Detention Center after posting bond.
Officials with the Clark County School District report that Hernandez, who has been with the district since 2015, has been on administrative leave since November, when police first began their investigation, according to the paper.
[Photo: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department]
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