A teacher was arrested Tuesday after a Waco detective uncovered an inappropriate relationship between the teacher and a student on the campus of Methodist Children's Home in mid-February , an arrest affidavit states.
Carmen Rojas, 42, of Waco, was arrested on a Class A misdemeanor charge of displaying harmful material to a minor at the facility that provides services to youths through residential care, foster care and other services on Feb. 15. According to the arrest affidavit, the detective spoke and showed photo copies of text messages and images from Rojas' phone to program director Jeff Creel, who identified Rojas as the teacher.
"The text messages' content contain photographic nudity and sexual innuendos," the arrest affidavit states.
Methodist Children's Home President Tim Brown said Rojas was employed through University of Texas-University Charter School and was not an employee of Methodist Children's Home. Brown said the University of Texas-University Charter School is located at Methodist Children's Home campus in Waco, but the institutions are separate and operate independently.
In the arrest affidavit, police stated that administration also confronted Rojas and that she reportedly admitted to texting the teenage boy at various times, the arrest affidavit states.
"Ms. Rojas described her text as only endearing and admitted that (the student) had made indecent proposals that he wanted her to perform," the arrest affidavit states. "These proposals had not previously been reported by Ms. Rojas to administration, even though she had more than one opportunity to report it."
Brown said Rojas no longer teaches at the Waco campus. He released a statement Wednesday following Rojas' arrest.
"The Methodist Children's Home has been made aware of the arrest on Tuesday of a former teacher at the University of Texas-University Charter School. The U.T. Charter school is an open enrollment Charter School and serves children from the local community as well as students from the Methodist Children's Home," he stated. "The U. T. Charter School is a highly regarded school, which assists us in our mission of offering hope to children, youth and families in a nurturing Christian community. To the extent we have been asked to do so, we are cooperating in this investigation, but obviously since this is an open police investigation we cannot comment on this matter."
Rojas was taken to McLennan County Jail after her arrest. She was released Wednesday after posting a $1,500 surety bond.