Cedar Hill Sex Ed Teacher Marlena Mints Arrested for Alleged Illicit Relationship with 13-Year-Old Student
A Dallas-area middle school teacher was arrested on Wednesday following allegations by two of her students that she engaged in illicit sexual conduct with them.
WFAA reports that 31-year-old Marlena Mints, a health and sex education teacher at Bessie Coleman Middle School in Cedar Hill, has been charged with aggravated sexual assault and two counts of improper relationships with students.
According to the police arrest warrant, a 13-year-old boy informed a coach that he had engaged in sexual contact with Mints. The Dallas Morning News reports that when the coach told the boy that what happened to him was legally rape, he replied that the teacher was “just a cougar who likes younger men” and that he was “one of her favorites.”
Mints and the alleged victim, who was in her sexual education class, were allegedly exchanging texts one day when he told her there was something wrong with his penis. Mints allegedly replied that she would have to see his penis to determine what was wrong with it. She allegedly told him to come to the school, and when he did, she allegedly performed a sex act on him.
In an interview with police, the boy said that “he has been allowed to also touch (Mints’) breast and buttock on numerous occasions while spending time in [her] classroom in the presence of other students who were allowed to do the same.”
Police also identified a second alleged victim, who they claim told them that Mints picked him up from his home during spring break and brought him back to her home where they engaged in illicit sexual activity. The boy claims that Mints initiated the relationship by texting him and asking “if he liked white girls.”
Mints, who has worked in Cedar Hill schools since 2006, has been placed on administrative leave. She was booked into the Dallas County Jail, where she is being held on a $300,000 bond.