A former Connecticut high school teacher appeared in court Tuesday alongside her husband after she was accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old special education student.
Laura Ramos, a 31-year-old special education teacher at Central High School, surrendered to police on Tuesday after learning there was a warrant for her arrest. The married mother of a young child was later charged with second-degree sexual assault after investigators said she confessed to having sex with the male student several times, the Connecticut Post reports.
Laura Ramos turned herself into authorities and was charged with second-degree sexual assault after admitting to the student affair in a video recorded statement to police.
Ramos was put on administrative leave but resigned from her job as a special education teacher at Central High School amid her termination proceedings.
“She is presumed innocent and we look forward to proceeding with this matter,” her lawyer, Edwin Gavin told the New Haven Register.
Ramos and her husband both left the courthouse together Tuesday morning, according to the newspaper.
Police were called to the Bridgeport school at the beginning of June where Principal Eric Graf told officers that a student reported Ramos had been engaging in an illicit relationship with one of his classmates.
The student witness told officers that Ramos often texted him, sometimes even sharing some of her personal problems. At one point, she complained “her guy” no longer wanted to have sex with her.
Based on classroom interactions, the witness said he was able to figure out which student Ramos had been with. He said he often saw them “making eyes at each other, like flirting.”
Ramos initially denied the relationship, but later confessed to having sex with the student “a handful of times” between December 2016 and April 2017.
Ramos has reportedly not yet entered a plea. She is scheduled to appear at a plea hearing on July 25.