DALLAS -- A suspected 15-year-old runaway and her former Dallas ISD middle school teacher were found safe Wednesday after a search.
After the Dallas Police Department's Southeast Division received a tip, Scott Paul Alcaraz was spotted with the missing girl walking near a motel. Police took the pair into custody without incident around noon Wednesday.
The teen went missing Monday morning and sent her mother a text message that said she wanted to be Alcaraz, 27, a former math teacher and assistant basketball coach at Thomas C. Marsh Middle School.
Alcaraz was fired in April 2013 after he was charged with sexual assault. A 14-year-old girl told police the former teacher had sex with her in a classroom at the school.
Alcaraz had been on house arrest, but police said he cut off his ankle monitor last Friday.
The runaway's mother spoke with News 8 Wednesday afternoon through a translator. She said investigators had not told her many details; only that her daughter was safe and had asked to hear her mother’s voice on the phone.
“I want [Alcaraz] to be locked away,” she said. “He has caused great pain. My daughter is the best thing I have in my life. She is my friend and my reason to live.”
The mother said she watched her daughter's quinceañera celebration footage from December to cope with the stress.
Alcaraz was taken to Lew Sterrett Justice Center on an outstanding sexual assault warrant and on a bond violation from his previous sexual assault charge. Bond was set at $100,000.
The girl was being interviewed by detectives.