Lockhart ISD said Sarah Fowlkes, who has worked for LISD since October 2014, was arrested Monday afternoon after an investigation. Lockhart High administrators received a report on March 10, before the start of spring break, and notified district administrators. LISD informed Lockhart police, who launched an investigation and Child Protective Services. Police said their investigation led them to a 17-year-old male student, and determined he had been in contact with Fowlkes.
“Lockhart parents entrust their children to us every day, and it is something we do not take lightly. Student safety is the district’s most important priority,” said Superintendent Susan Bohn in a release. “As soon as we learned of the report, we acted swiftly to involve law enforcement and CPS to conduct a thorough investigation. The district does not and will not tolerate any improper communication or contact between a teacher and child.”
Lockhart police have charged Fowlkes with felony improper relationship between educator and student. Fowlkes turned herself in and was booked into the Caldwell County Jail, police said. A booking photo is not available as of Monday afternoon.
The following letter was sent home to parents and guardians of Lockhart High students:
Dear LHS Parents and Guardians,
I am writing to you with very upsetting news. Today, local law enforcement arrested Sarah Fowlkes, a teacher at LHS, for an improper relationship with a student.
On the afternoon of Friday, March 10th, the LHS administration received a concerning report. The principal notified district administration, and we immediately contacted law enforcement and Child Protective Services for investigation.
Fowlkes will not return to the school district. The district is sending notice of the conduct to the State Board for Educator Certification.
Every day, you trust your children to our care, and it is a responsibility we do not take lightly. As a parent of a Lockhart ISD student, I join you in feeling anger and disappointment in what happened. As an administrator, I will always take swift action against anyone who would violate the sacred trust between students and educators.
Please take time to speak to your child about what has happened. If any student or parent has information about this situation, please contact the Lockhart Police Department at 512-398-4401.
The campus will have counselors available to meet with any student who needs or wants support. In the meantime, if you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com. I will be checking emails and will follow up with you as soon as possible.
Susan K. Bohn
Superintendent of Schools
Lockhart Independent School District
|Sarah Fowlkes booking photo from Lockhart Police Department. (Photo: Lockhart Police Department)|
TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER ARRESTED FOR IMPROPER RELATIONSHIP WITH STUDENT
The Lockhart Police Department said a female teacher at Lockhart High School has been charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a male student.
Police said Sarah Fowlkes, a high school science teacher, was "engaged in sexual contact" with a 17-year-old at the school.
According to Lockhart ISD, district officials were told of the report on Friday, March 10 and police immediately began an investigation.
According to a district press release, police determined that a male student had been in contact with Fowlkes in person and by message.
A warrant was issued for Fowlkes' arrest on Monday and authorities said she turned herself in.
Fowlkes had been with the Lockhart Independent School District since Oct. 2014.
This teacher is all smiles after student-sex bust
She grinned and bared it.
Married Texas teacher Sarah Fowlkes couldn’t wipe the smile off her face for her mugshot after being accused of romping with a 17-year-old student, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Fowlkes, 26, was suspended from her job as an anatomy and physiology teacher at Lockhart High School after turning herself in to police Monday – hours after celebrating her birthday with her hubby.
The beaming blonde allegedly engaged in “sexual content with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire” of the student, the Daily Star reported.
Detectives launched the investigation on March 10 after getting a tip from a school administrator. The probe led them to the boy, who had been in touch with Fowlkes, cops said.
“Their contact was of a sexual nature,” police said.
“Lockhart parents entrust their children to us every day, and it is something we do not take lightly,” schools superintendent Susan Bohn said in a statement.
“Student safety is the district’s most important priority. As soon as we learned of the report, we acted swiftly to involve law enforcement and CPS to conduct a thorough investigation,” she added.
Fowlkes, who has been married since 2013, began working at Lockhart High in September, according to her page on the school’s website.
“I have very high expectations of myself as a teacher as well as of my students and I hope that this will be a formula for achievement,” Fowlkes wrote on the site, according to The Sun. Her name has since been removed from the site.
“I want this to be an enjoyable year for all of my students but also a productive, challenging and encouraging year with success for everyone,” she continued.