A school resource officer in Texas is out of jail after being arrested for having a sexual relationship with a junior high school student. The peace officer, 42-year-old Terry Roy Tennard, allegedly had a sexual relationship with the 14-year-old student while working at Manvel Junior High School. Tennard works for the Alvin ISD Police Department as a police officer.
According to ABC 13, the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office was tipped off about the improper relationship by the student’s mother. Investigators followed up on the tip and found out that the relationship had been going on for about a year. When interrogated by investigators, the teen told police that her and the school resource officer had sex at least 20 times in his office on school grounds. The alleged relationship is said to have began in December of 2016 while the 7th grader at the time was only 13. A 41-year-old Tennard was dealing with a sexual drought and in his lack of sexual activity found himself drawn to the blossoming teenager.
The Texas teen told investigators that it was consensual and that she confided in the officer. She reportedly became acquainted with the officer as he coached her big brother’s basketball team.
The teen’s mother saw things differently. Upon coming across questionable text messages between the pair the mother notified authorities who began to investigate Tennard. The officer’s most recent message to the teen was on December 12, 2017.
Tennard was arrested Friday at his Pearland, Texas home and charged with felony sexual assault of a child. The police department placed him on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. He was booked into Brazoria County Jail on $100,000 bond. Reports indicate that Tennard has posted bail and is out on bond.
The Alvin Independent School District released this statement:
“Alvin ISD makes the commitment to keep our parents and community informed regarding all matters that have implications for the safety and security of our students. Although we have limited information at this time, we feel it is appropriate to ensure that parents are aware of the events that have taken place over the last couple of days. On Friday (12/15) afternoon, Alvin ISD received notification that the Brazoria County District Attorney was conducting an investigation based on reports of an inappropriate relationship between a student and an Alvin ISD police officer currently assigned to Manvel Jr. High. Upon receiving this report, Alvin ISD immediately expressed a willingness to assist with the investigation in any way possible. As the investigation was active and ongoing, Alvin ISD officials received limited information; however, the officer under investigation was immediately placed on administrative leave to ensure there was no additional interaction with students. Over the course of the weekend, Alvin ISD received notice that Officer Terry Tennard had been arrested on charges of sexual assault of a child.”
The school district’s superintendent, Dr. Buck Gilcrease, added “Should these allegations prove to be accurate, the sense of violation, sadness and anger is almost immeasurable. Communities place a great deal of trust both in educators and law enforcement officials. If, as reported, this individual has violated the public’s trust, Alvin ISD pledges to assist the County with the ongoing investigation and full prosecution available under the law. Alvin ISD is currently in contact with our attorney regarding formal termination. I make the commitment to our parents, to our students, and to our community that all available resources will be used to ensure this type of activity does not occur in the future.”