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Friday, January 17th, 2020
A onetime criminal justice teacher at Consolidated High School admitted to a Brazos County district judge Friday that he had sex with one student and making advances towards other students.
The Brazos County district attorney’s office announced 38 year old Thomas Rucker was sentenced to four years in prison for having an improper relationship with a student. That’s after Rucker asked for probation.
The student was 19 at the time of the illegal contact. According to the College Station police arrest report, it took place at least ten times at Rucker’s home and at several local hotels between February and September of 2016.
Rucker, who resigned after he was removed from the classroom after students reported some of the teacher’s behavior, had been out of jail on bond since his arrest in July of 2017.
News release from the Brazos County district attorney’s office:
Thomas Rucker, of Bryan, was sentenced to 4 years in prison for Improper Relationship with a Student following a punishment hearing on Friday in the 85th District Court.
In September of 2016, College Station Police Department officers began investigating Thomas Rucker for having an improper relationship with a student.
At the time, Thomas Rucker was a Criminal Justice teacher at A&M Consolidated High School.
Once the school was made aware of these allegations, the administration removed Rucker from the school, and actively assisted in the investigation.
As the investigation progressed, detectives found that Rucker had engaged in a sexual relationship with one student, and had made advances toward other students.
Rucker would message these students over social media websites and text. This occurred not only during the school day, but also later in the evenings. It was also not uncommon for him to pull students out of class so that he could get them alone.
This investigation began because students made school administrators aware of some of Rucker’s inappropriate behavior with students at the school.
Judge Kyle Hawthorne rejected Mr. Rucker’s request for probation. When handing down his sentence Judge Hawthorne commented that “it is not a thin line, but it is a brick wall” when it comes to teacher/student relationships.
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