Tanya Ramirez, the former King High School teacher who turned herself into police Tuesday and was charged with improper relationship between a student and educator, was released from jail just after noon Wednesday after posting a $10,000 bond.
Ramirez is accused of having sex with a 17-year old student while she was employed as a teacher and coach at King High School. Now, she faces second-degree felony charges that could land her in prison for up to 20 years, and have her teacher certification taken away.
Ramirez was released from jail at around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, with a barrage of questions from reporters. She was quickly whisked away in a black truck.
According to a police report, the incident allegedly happened right before the end of the school year. The King High School principal called police when the victim showed her a video of the alleged sexual encounter.
The police report states that "the student was driven to the teacher's house at two in the morning by a friend after a series of 300 plus texts."
The driver waited outside while the alleged encounter took place, and according to the police report, that encounter was "recorded on video with the victim's cell phone."
The report then states that the victim shared the video with 11 of his friends. Police were able to identify Ramirez by a distinctive eight-inch tattoo across her lower back.
Ramirez' legal troubles are just the beginning for her. The Texas Education Agency is also looking at pulling her certification as a teacher.
"These are charges that, in any case, we take very seriously, and the Agency is notified when a teacher is terminated or leaves the school districts, or has a charge against them; and we open a charge against them," said DeEtta Culbertson of the TEA. "And we will pend our case pending the outcome of criminal charges, whether she's convicted or plea bargains or whatever the outcome of that is, and then we will take action."
Culbertson said the Ramirez case is also under investigation by the TEA's Professional Discipline Unit.
In the meantime, Ramirez will have to abide by some strict bond conditions, including not coming into contact with any person under 17. She must not come within 1,000 feet of any school, church, playground, shopping mall or other public or private place where children are. She will be allowed to remain in her home with her 10-year old child.
Ramirez will also be required to wear a GPS monitor.
If found guilty of the second-degree felony, Ramirez faces up to 20 years in prison. Since she has no prior criminal history, she would be eligible for probation.