A Texas mom got an eyeful when she opened her teenage son’s bedroom door and saw him naked, in bed with a counselor from his school, cops say.
Shannon Hathaway, 33, a married school counselor at Harwood Junior High School in Bedford, is accused of having sex with a ninth-grade student at least 10 times, according to the Fort-Worth Star Telegram.
The alleged affair occurred last year, when the boy was 17. Hathaway resigned from her school job on Wednesday and surrendered to police on Thursday. She was charged with improper relationship between a teacher and a student and released, the newspaper reported.
Under Texas law, the charge is a second degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
The boy ended the relationship after his mom caught them, according to an arrest affidavit cited by the Star Telegram.
Then the boy’s sister informed authorities about the affair in May, triggering an investigation by school officials and police, according to the affidavit. While the girl did not witness her brother and Hathaway having sex, she did see them holding hands, she said.
She also told police that Hathaway told her “she was in love with the student and would leave her husband for him,” according to the affidavit.
The boy spoke to police and admitted that he and Hathaway had had sex at least ten times, including eight times in his bedroom, and two or three times at her home. Those times he had sex with Hathaway at her home her husband was away, he told police.
One time, he said, his sister and a friend of hers stayed overnight at Hathaway’s house with them, while her husband was away. He said he and Hathaway had sex in the house’s master bedroom, while his sister and her friend slept in a guest room, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit also says the couple “potentially” had sex on the Harwood Junior High School campus, but school superintendent Steve Chapman said in a voicemail message to parents sent Thursday morning that there was “no evidence to suggest the alleged behavior happened” on school grounds, the Star Telegraph reported.
The school district also released a statement saying “The safety and security of our students is H-E-B ISD’s number one priority, and isolated incidents such as this one violate the trust between student, parent and school personnel, and will not be tolerated.”
[Photo: Tarrant County Sheriff's Department]