Former teacher gets 10 years sentence
A former Bay City Independent School District teacher has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for online solicitation of a minor and improper relationship between educator/student.
Rachel A. Gonzales, 45, was sentenced after being found guilty on the charges stemming from a Dec. 2017 arrest.
According to Matagorda County District Attorney Steven Reis, the plea recommendation at the time was that the prison sentence is suspended after a period of time and she be placed on community supervision for a period of time (shock probation).
Reis said a bench warrant was issued for her return back to Matagorda County in order to complete that process. Currently the case is set for June 19 for that purpose.
Gonzales was found guilty of having an improper relationship with a 13-year-old student.
According to reports, the Bay City Police Department were called to the high school on Dec. 15, 2017 to meet with school officers regarding the incident.
Reports indicated that the child’s father found Gonzalez in the back seat of a car with the victim in a parking lot in the 5200 block of Oak Manor Blvd.
A search of the victim’s cell phone found further evidence of an improper relationship and warrants were issued for Gonzalez’ arrest.
Gonzales was a fourth-grade teacher at Cherry Elementary and resigned from her position after her arrest.