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A former Santa Fe Independent School District teacher accused in 2016 of having sex with two students was sentenced on Wednesday to one year deferred probation after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Kelsey Leigh Gutierrez, 28, of Friendswood, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of purchasing or furnishing alcohol to a minor, according court records. Prosecutors dropped two counts of inappropriate relationship between an educator and student as part of the plea agreement, court records show.

Gutierrez had been a teacher at Santa Fe High School when a confidential source in 2016 told school district officials that inappropriate relationships existed between Gutierrez and two male students, according to an arrest affidavit.

Gutierrez was accused of having sex with two students, both 18 at the time, on multiple occasions, according to the affidavit.

The first incident was alleged to have occurred between April and May 2015.

Gutierrez resigned during the investigation, according to the affidavit.

Gutierrez was initially charged with three counts of improper relationship between an educator and student, a second-degree felony, according to court records.

Purchasing or furnishing alcohol to a minor is a Class A misdemeanor.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com.

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Rusty Schroeder

LMAO, if the sex of the teacher and students were reversed, this would have NEVER happened. 2 felony counts dropped and instead a misdemeanor charge of supplying alcohol to minors. What is going on in the DA's office and for that matter the Grand Jury that accepted charges ? This is a complete joke, and definitely a waste of taxpayer money and time.

John long

Agreed!

George Croix

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James Lippert

Agreed. If the sexes were reversed, the male teacher would have a lifetime registered "sex offender" label to live with for the rest of his life...

David Smith

You're right Rusty ...double standard

George Croix

I expect a flood of female sourced responses demanding equal punishment for an equal crime before the day is out......

Of course, I didn't mention which day...............

Rusty Schroeder

I bet I could start a list right now of the one's silent today on this article. [rolleyes]

Paula Flinn

She should have received a stiffer penalty. JMHO.

George Croix

PF, so far, you're a flood of one. [wink]


Paula Flinn

Not a large deluge, George. I think a little jail time would give her time to think and possibly accept responsibility for what she did. There is just no accountability for women who do this and get off with a slap on the wrist. She will probably go to another state and teach.

George Croix

AND register as a sex offender, like a man would have to do....imo.....

PF, you are always a stand up person.
All people who talk should always be willing to walk.

Bless you....

Jarvis Buckley

I'm sure those two you men will get over their "traumatic " experience.
As for the young "Lady". Poor judgement & hormones probably
ruined a good teaching career.
Punishing her any further or more severely would serve no purpose in
my opinion. I hope only the best for her.

George Croix

Then we shouldn't punish ANYONE further for the same offense(s).
A male teacher having sex with two female students should get the same results.
Agreed?

Lena Gilley

This has been happening a long long time! Graduated 1983! Someone I knew was dating a high school teacher! Did not find out till after graduation! I was a little shocked at the time! Guess now with social media , teachers getting caught

Carlos Ponce

It probably will not surprise you that this type of activity has occurred long before 1983.

Wayne Holt

You will not and can not have gender equality when you have such disparate outcomes in what obviously were criminal acts, repeated criminal acts. Where are the women storming the courthouse with placards about this gross injustice?

In case it isn't obvious, this is exactly the kind of situation that gives aspiring male misogynists plenty of ammo to proclaim that women don't want equality, they want selective privilege.

Whatever this individual woman gained by the light dusting of punishment meted out will be lost by the much greater number of women who may be tarred with the idea that, when the chips are down, they are OK with men being punished for sexual crimes that women get to skate on.

Jon Babara

Galveston county, you kill a child while driving drunk you are giving probation. You have a relationship with a student you basically get off. Pays to be a female! If it was a male the outcome would have been different!

George Croix

You'll recall Robert Durst managed to kill and dismember and toss the body parts into the Gulf 18 years ago but got off on self-defense.
He was at the time dressing as and pretending to be female.....

Hmmmmmmmmm......

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