Former ‘Teacher of the Year’ Faces Termination Over Alleged Lesbian Relationship With Student

In a shocking turn of events, a former recipient of the ‘Teacher of the Year’ award in Texas, Brandyn Hargrove, is set to be terminated from her position at Brazoswood High School following charges of engaging in a relationship with a teenage female student spanning two years.

Hargrove, aged 43, was arrested on December 21 on charges including six counts of sexual assault of a child, four counts of indecency with a child by contact, and two counts of indecency with a child by exposure. The alleged incidents occurred in 2007 when the victim was 15, and Hargrove was around 27 years old.

The victim, now in her 30s, reported the incidents to the police in September 2023, prompting the arrest of Hargrove. She posted a $240,000 bond and was released from Brazoria County Jail.

Brazoswood High School officials took swift action, initiating steps to terminate Hargrove’s employment during a special board meeting on January 2. The Clute Police Department Chief, James Fitch, revealed that the incidents took place off-campus for two years, and the victim came forward under the current legal framework, citing the importance of trust in teachers when sending children to school.

The Brazosport Independent School District placed Hargrove on leave in September upon learning of the investigation. The district released a statement emphasizing its commitment to professionalism, integrity, and student safety. Hargrove will remain on paid administrative leave until the board votes on her termination, scheduled for January 22.

Parents in the community have expressed concern and disbelief over the allegations, highlighting Hargrove’s accolades, including sitting on the education foundation for the district and winning the Teacher of the Year award.

Mike Walls, a parent, conveyed the collective worry, stating, “I think every parent is concerned about this. She’s won numerous awards. She sat on our education foundation for the district.” Another parent echoed the sentiment, saying, “That’s not good. You know, you’re there to learn, and then this happens.”

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