A teacher in Glendale, California was arrested for having sex with a 14-year-old student. The sexual encounter occurred in May during a school field trip to Washington D.C. 26-year-old Jacqueline Nicole Muller was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia on suspicion of first-degree child sexual abuse.
Muller had been teaching at the school only a year before her arrest.
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A complaint filed in Washington Superior Court revealed Muller began having unprotected sex with one of her eighth-grade students during a school trip to Washington D.C. and Virginia last May. Muller was acting as a chaperone or was supposed to be, on the trip. Muller initially denied the encounter but correspondence online between the two revealed she asked the boy to delete their messages because she didn't want anything they've said to be found by the police.
The teacher and student first had sex on May 9 in a Washington D.C. hotel room that was shared by the 14-year-old student and another boy. The pair then had sex again later that day when the school group arrived at another hotel, this one in Virginia. Investigators say the other chaperones became suspicious of the amount of time Muller was spending with the boy and told her parents.
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The boy's parents confiscated his phone and found messages from Muller, according to court documents. Muller sent messages to the boy's phone such as, "Hope you slept well my love" and "Missing you". The 14-year-old admitted to the sexual encounters and said the relationship started in March.
"He remembered the date specifically because it was the student’s first kiss," the complaint said. The parents informed school officials who informed authorities. Muller resigned from the school which issued this statement:
"Salem Lutheran Church and School takes the safety of our students very seriously and will always do everything in our power to protect them."
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