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Center ISD teacher accused of improper relationship with student turns self in

Jennifer Rhodes-Cassell (Source: Shelby County Jail) Jennifer Rhodes-Cassell (Source: Shelby County Jail)
CENTER, TX (KTRE) -

On Tuesday, a Center ISD teacher turned herself into authorities and was charged with having an improper relationship between an educator and a student.

According to a press release from the Center Police Department, Jennifer Rhodes-Cassell, 32, of Timpson, was charged with second-degree improper relationship between educator and student. Her bail amount was set at $20,000.

Dr. James Hockenberry, the Center ISD superintendent, said that the school district received a report that a CISD teacher had engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student. He said his district followed procedure and placed Rhodes-Cassell on administrative leave until they finished their internal investigation.

"The district's highest priority is the safety of its students," Hockenberry said. "The district has a zero-tolerance policy for any inappropriate relationships between educators and students. Center ISD will continue respond swiftly and effectively to insure the safety of its students."

Hockenberry said they notified law enforcement, Child Protective Services, and the child's parents. CISD officials have also notified the Texas Education Agency, so that it can conduct its own investigation.

Rhodes-Cassell, who resigned from CISD on August 6, had been employed with the school district since August 2006. She taught journalism, yearbook, and professional communication at Center High School.

The teacher’s arrest came after a joint investigation by the Center ISD Police Department and the Center Police Department.

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