Leticia Lowery: Ex-Texas Teacher Jailed 20 Years For Sexually Assaulting Teen Couple

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A former Texas teacher will be spending the next two decades behind bars.

This week, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office sentenced Leticia Lowery, a 40-year-old former teacher, to 20 years behind bars for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy and his 13-year-old girlfriend.

Lowery plead guilty to second-degree sexual assault of a child and first-degree sexual performance by a child.

“Lowery preyed on our community’s most vulnerable… she violated children to satisfy her own selfish desires,” Assistant DA Laura Bond said in a statement, via the New York Post. She added that the sentence “reflects this community’s intolerance for child sexual offenders.”

Lowery first found herself in hot water when sexually explicit messages were discovered by the boy’s mother, according to KTRK-TV.

Per the report, the student admitted to having sex with Lowery in her home while the former teacher allegedly watch the girlfriend perform sexual acts in a van. Lowery had been out on bail for soliciting a 15-year-old boy online for sex which didn’t help when it came to the lengthy sentence.

Over the course of the past year alone, a handful of teachers have been arrested on similar charges, including 25-year-old substitute teacher Alexis Mercedes Boberg in Baltimore, Beulah High School teacher Kelsie Schmidt in North Dakota, Rancocas Valley Regional High School teacher Alexandra Reiner in New Jersey, and 50-year-old Florida substitute teacher Angela Jean Stanton in Florida. Additionally, Texas teachers Meredith Null and Edna Longoria were arrested on similar charges.

As for why the number of these incidents has seemingly increased, studies suggest that smartphones are the primary reason for the spike in illicit relationships, as it allows teachers to communicate with the minors without supervision.

According to a report from the Texas Education Association, smartphones make it easy for teachers to privately text and talk with students and also make it possible for teachers and students to share explicit images.

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