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(NEW YORK POST) – A Texas teacher was busted for performing oral sex on a student after the teen fell asleep — after the victim saw pictures of the alleged assault when he asked to borrow the teacher’s phone to call his mother, court documents show.
Manuel Alejandro Gamboa, a 35-year-old former substitute teacher at Dekaney High School in Harris County, appeared in court Friday after his arrest Wednesday on charges of improper relationship with a student and sexual assault, KTRK reports.
Gamboa, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the station, invited the 17-year-old male student to his Harris County apartment June 3 before plying the teen with beer.
“Complainant stated that he consumed several beers and became dizzy due to him not normally drinking,” the document read.
After saying he wasn’t feeling well, the teen then fell asleep on Gamboa’s couch, where the substitute teacher performed oral sex on him. When he woke up later, the teen said Gamboa was next to him and he later told police that he felt discomfort and minor pain while urinating.
The teen then asked to use Gamboa’s phone and discovered sexually explicit videos and images of the teacher performing oral on him without his permission while he was asleep on the couch. A sexual assault exam performed later at a hospital confirmed evidence of DNA on the victim that didn’t belong to him, according to the criminal complaint.
Gamboa was considered “like a mentor” to the teen, who told investigators the teacher helped him with his homework since he did not speak English fluently, KTRK reports.
Gamboa remained held on $80,000 bail as of Tuesday at a jail in Harris County. It was unclear if he had hired an attorney.
Officials from the Spring Independent School District said that when they learned of the allegations, Gamboa was immediately removed from the district’s substitute pool.
“The safety of our students is our highest priority,” district officials said in a statement to KHOU. “The criminal history and references of job applicants, including those who apply to serve as substitutes, are routinely checked before they are hired.”