Marsh Middle School teacher in Dallas ISD charged with sexual assault of a 14-year-old student; DISD fires him
A Dallas ISD middle school teacher has been charged with sexual assault after a 14-year-old girl accused him of having sex with her in his classroom in recent months.
The eighth-grade girl told police that the relationship escalated, with Scott Alcaraz buying her Dr Peppers at Marsh Middle School and offering to buy her anything she wanted. It ended after two months when the girl said she saw him kissing another girl in his classroom, court documents state.
Alcaraz, a 26-year-old math teacher and assistant basketball coach, was arrested Friday on a second-degree felony charge. He posted $50,000 bond on Saturday. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
Dallas ISD has fired Alcaraz and will hold a meeting with parents at Marsh, where Superintendent Mike Miles’ son goes to school, on Monday night. Alcaraz, who was hired in November, couldn’t be reached for comment.
“It is deep regret that we inform you that an allegation was made last week that one of our teachers may have been involved in inappropriate relationship with a student, ” a letter sent home to parents Friday said. “There are obviously more questions than answers at this time.”
The girl told police that she started a relationship with Alcaraz after he asked to be friends on Facebook in February. He started sending her private messages on site and asking her what she was wearing.
Over the following weeks, the two had sex in his Marsh classroom, where he would lock the door so no one could come in, the documents show. The incident took place during the teacher’s planning period, when his students aren’t in the classroom.
The relationship ended this month after the girl said she “observed [a girl] kissing the suspect in the mouth and that she also bit the suspect on the neck.”
Meanwhile, charter school operator Uplift Education sent out a news release last week that a teacher at Uplift Hampton Preparatory in Red Bird was on administrative leave following allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with a student. Uplift didn’t release the teacher’s name but said the company has started an internal investigation and is “cooperating fully with the police and their investigation.”
Note: An earlier version of this said that Dallas ISD had placed him on administrative leave. He has since been fired.
By Matthew Haag
2:07 pm on April 22, 2013