Teacher accused of relationship with student in 2004 sentenced

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Aug 28, 2007 - The 30-year-old math teacher accused of an improper relationship with a Sulphur Springs High School student in 2004 has begun serving time in jail as part of the terms of her sentence.

Eighth Judicial District Judge Robert Newsom sentenced Shelly Kasandra Shaw, 30, to the deferred adjudicated sentence on Friday. The sentence requires her to serve 30 days in jail, then to serve 10 years on probation.

She will also have to perform community service and fulfill other terms of community supervised probation, as well pay court fees and a $2,500 fine. She turned herself in to sheriff’s deputy Heath Guy and was taken into custody at 6:12 p.m. Monday, according to jail records.

The then-28-year-old  was accused in October 2004 of engaging in an improper sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student beginning in July 2004 and continuing through the fall semester of that same year.

The girl's parents contacted Sulphur Springs police in October of 2004 after finding written and e-mail correspondence between Shaw and their daughter which suggested the relationship between the pair. School officials were also notified, and an investigation launched by both entities. 

Shaw was placed on temporary paid suspension after the allegations surfaced. She later resigned.

During an interview with Sulphur Springs Assistant Police Chief Robert Stidham, the  student confirmed the allegation that the teacher "had made sexual contact with her on numerous occasions during the 2004 school year," District Attorney Martin Braddy noted at the time.

"The victim was clearly reluctant to talk about their relationship. However, she provided enough specifics for us to determine that the offenses took place and the general period of time for the commission of these offense," Braddy said in 2004.

According to the Texas State Board for Educator Certification web site (www.sbec.state.tx.us), Shaw’s teaching certification became inactive on Dec. 31, 2005. Her “official record of certification” notes she is currently under review by the SBEC Professional Discipline Unit.

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