Houston, TX - A married middle school dance teacher has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old female student.
Whitney Laidlaw, 32, has been accused of texting the student shortly after the end of the girl’s 7th grade school year to tell the student “she had feelings” for her, according to court documents.
Laidlaw, who taught hip hop dance at Cornerstone Academy, was removed from Spring Branch Independent School District (SBISD) classrooms after school officials became aware of the illicit relationship, KPRC reported.
“We are outraged by this alleged conduct,” the school district officials said in a statement. “The safety of every SBISD student is our very highest priority, and having a strong moral compass is a key district core value.”
The arrest warrant said that Laidlaw made her feelings proclamation via text shortly after the school year ended, and that the affair continued through summer vacation.
Laidlaw allegedly asked the student to sneak out of her apartment to meet with her, and she also went to the student’s apartment on several occasions when her mother was at work, according to KPRC.
They also frequently engaged in inappropriate activity in Laidlaw’s car, police said.
People reported that the warrant said Laidlaw had been accused of kissing, fondling, and performing oral sex on the upcoming 8th grade girl.
None of the encounters happened during the school year or on school property.
The inappropriate and illegal relationship was discovered when the victim’s parents found messages from Laidlaw on their daughter’s cell phone.
Police said a review of the 14-year-old girl’s phone showed Laidlaw had been sending the girl illicit pictures of herself, People reported.
The middle school teacher has been charged with sexual assault of a child and improper relationship with a student, according to KPRC.