A former teacher from suburban Houston has been accused of sexually abusing a male student for nearly three years, beginning when he was just 13 years old.
Marka Lee Bodine, 31, was arrested on Saturday on a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, which is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
The investigation into Bodine was launched last Monday, after a former student at Tomball Intermediate School, now aged 16, came forward with allegations of continuous and ongoing sexual misconduct against his former teacher.
‘It was definitely a cry out for help,’ Tomball Police Chief Jeff Bert told Fox 26. ‘He had reached out to a school, and he reached out to the police department as well, so I think he just became overwhelmed with it and reached out to us.’
Bodine was taken into custody on Saturday and booked into the Harris County jail. She has since been released after positing $100,000 bond.
Bodine made her initial court appearance on Monday and was ordered to wear a GPS monitor as one of the conditions of her release, KPRC reported.
According to court documents, Bodine had gone to the police, claiming that her former sixth grade student was harassing her and threatening to harm himself.
Bodine later reportedly admitted to having a three-year sexual relationship with that same boy, beginning in 2018 when he was just 13 years old, and sending him dozens of explicit videos and photos.
Chef Bert said the investigation has uncovered evidence in the form of social media posts and text messages, suggesting that Bodine had been grooming the victim for sex.
The Tomball Independent School District released a statement to ABC13, stressing that the case involved a former student ‘who does not currently attend Tomball ISD schools.’
According to district officials, as soon as they learned of the allegations against Bodine, she was placed on administrative leave and has since resigned.
Her LinkedIn profile indicates that Bodine had taught English at Tomball ISD for nearly six years.