Affidavit: Center teacher busted when student's vehicle found outside apartment

Jennifer Cassell (Source: Shelby County Jail)
Jennifer Cassell (Source: Shelby County Jail)

CENTER, TX (KTRE) - An arrest affidavit sheds light on an investigation which led to the arrest of a Center ISD teacher arrested for having a sexual relationship with a student.

The affidavit, which was released by Justice of the Peace Maxie Eaves to KTRE Wednesday morning, states Center police joined in the investigation of Jennifer Lynd Rhodes-Cassell, 32, of Timpson, on Monday. It states Center ISD police began the investigation on Aug. 5, when Superintendent James Hockenberry reported that another school employee saw a male student's vehicle outside Cassell's apartment.

The affidavit states there was concern because neither Cassell nor the student had shown up to school that morning.

The affidavit states Hockenberry confronted Cassell, but she denied any relationship with the student.

On Aug, 6, the ISD officer and an assistant principal went to the student's house to speak with his parents. The student and his parents then went to the school, where the student gave a written statement about the sexual relationship he was having with Cassell. He said he had stayed at her apartment several times without his parents' knowledge.

Center police arrested Cassell on Tuesday, on a charge of second-degree improper relationship with a student.

She has posted a $20,000 bond.

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