Santa Fe Independent School District police arrested a 25-year-old teacher Monday evening on charges of maintaining improper relationships with students.

Kelsey Leigh Gutierrez, 25, of Friendswood, was charged with three counts of improper relationship between an educator and student, according to arrest records.

Gutierrez had been a teacher at Santa Fe High School, district Public Information Officer Patti Hanssard said.

An investigation began Nov. 18 after a confidential source told school district officials that inappropriate relationships existed between Gutierrez and two male students, according to an arrest affidavit released Tuesday.

Gutierrez is accused of having sex with two students, both 18 at the time, on multiple occasions, the affidavit alleges.

The first incident occurred between April and May 2015 when Gutierrez picked up a high school student and drove him to a gas station where he fondled her, according to the affidavit.

The two met again in late May at the teen’s house, where they engaged in foreplay and other sexual contact, the affidavit alleges.

Gutierrez met the teen a total of four times, according to affidavits.

On Nov. 12 of this year, Gutierrez engaged in oral sex with the second teen in an apartment parking lot, the affidavit alleges.

Gutierrez met the second student again on Nov. 16 at a house where the two had sex, the affidavit alleges.

Gutierrez resigned during the investigation, according to affidavits.

“We will continue to work in cooperation with law enforcement and the district attorney’s office,” Hanssard said.

Gutierrez grew up in Louisiana and attended Blinn College before graduating from University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2013, according to her school webpage.

Gutierrez was taken to the Galveston County Jail on Tuesday morning, Sheriff Henry Trochesset said.

She was free on $45,000 in bonds by Tuesday evening, according to jail records.

Improper relationship between an educator and student is a second-degree felony described as engaging in sexual contact, sexual intercourse or deviate sexual intercourse with a person who is enrolled in a public or private primary or secondary school at which the employee works, according to the state penal code.

Contact reporter Matthew deGrood at 409-683-5230 or matthew.degrood@galvnews.com

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