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ALVIN — A teacher at a Brazoria County private school has been charged after allegations she had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student in an isolated Friendswood area in December.
Jill Lewis, 26, of Dickinson turned herself in to Friendswood police Thursday after she was charged with having an improper relationship between an educator and a student, a second-degree felony. If convicted, Lewis faces up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
A press release from Friendswood police announcing the charges did not name the school at which Lewis taught, but a Jill Lewis is shown as the speech, computer and journalism teacher for secondary-level students on the Web site of Living Stones Christian School in Alvin.
The school is a subsidiary of Living Stones Church in Alvin. Calls to both the school principal and senior pastor of the church were not returned Thursday.
Friendswood police began investigating the teacher after an anonymous tip on the relationship came in to the department in mid-January, Friendswood Police Chief Robert Weiners said.
Investigators saw Lewis having sex with one of her students at the end of a Friendswood dead-end road in December, Wieners said.
“It’s taken us this long to put the pieces together,” he said. “The investigation yielded enough evidence for the district attorney to file charges.”
Lewis was being held at Galveston County Jail on Thursday on $30,000 bond.
Students in kindergarten through 12th grade attend classes at Living Stones Christian School.
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