Grand jury indicts former Tenaha HS teacher accused of sending nude pics to student

Grand jury indicts former Tenaha HS teacher accused of sending nude pics to student
Cynthia Hughes (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office)

CENTER, TX (KTRE) - A former Tenaha High School teacher who is accused of sending nude photos of herself to a student was recently indicted by a Shelby County grand jury.

Cynthia Suzett Hughes, of Tenaha, was among the people indicted by the Shelby County grand jury that met on April 19, according to online Shelby County court records. The article stated that Hughes was indicted on a second-degree felony improper relationship between an educator and student charge.

The text of the indictment alleges that on June 15, 2017, Hughes "communicated in a sexually explicit manner" by sending nude photos of herself to a minor who was enrolled at Tenaha High School at the time via Snapchat.

According to a press release issued by the sheriff's office, an investigator was contacted on Aug. 4, 2017, by a parent of a student who attends the high school. The parent said she believed Hughes, who taught at the high school, was communicating inappropriately with a student.

The investigator and TISD police then interviewed the student, who said he did receive nude photographs of Hughes. He also told them that one time during the summer, Hughes messaged the student and said all of her family members were away, and she would like to spend some time together, according to the press release.

The officers report Hughes then admitted she sent the nude photos to the student.

Hughes turned herself into the Shelby County Jail on Aug. 9, 20187 and she was released after she posted bail on a $20,000 bond amount, according to the press release.

TISD Superintendent Scott Tyner said Hughes submitted her resignation on August 7, 2017.

"We here at TISD are devastated that something that has been a national epidemic has now hit so close to home," Tyner said in an email statement. "However, TISD is not defined by the shortfalls and choices of any one individual. Our tight-knit, committed, and professional family remains united in its mission to establish, maintain, and build trust with each individual student. We must move on, and now we turn our attention to preparing to greet our student body for what is sure to be another great school year."

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