Bessie Coleman Middle School
DALLAS –– A Cedar Hill ISD middle school health teacher and coach was arrested Wednesday morning after two of her students said she had an inappropriate sexual relationship with them.
Marlena Mints, 31, a teacher at Bessie Coleman Middle School, is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of improper relationship with students. She is being held on $300,000 bond at the Dallas County Jail.
According to an arrest warrant, another coach at the school was driving four students home after a sporting event on April 29 when a 13-year-old male mentioned he had sexual contact with Mints.
According to the document, the boy referred to Mints as a "cougar" and said they were texting one day when he told her there was something wrong with his penis. The student, who had Mints for sex education class, told the other coach Mints responded to him by saying she would have to see it to know what was wrong with it. She then asked him to come to the school.
He told the other coach he went to the school and Mints performed a sexual act on him.
The warrant states the occupants of the vehicle told the 13-year-old they didn't believe him, and he responded, "I put that on everything that I love, it happen [sic]."
In a later interview with police, the boy said the incident occurred on January 18, 2013 during a seventh-grade sporting tournament at the middle school. The student went on to tell the officer "he has been allowed to also touch her breast and buttock on numerous occasions while spending time in [Mints] classroom in the presence of other students who were allowed to do the same," according to the warrant.
In another arrest warrant, police returned to the middle school to interview other potentially involved children, and another student was interviewed on May 5.
The second student claimed he has received phone messages on multiple occasions from Mints on the chat application Voxer leading up their first sexual contact. The student claimed Mints sent him a message asking "if he liked 'white girls'" and asked about getting together with him at her home in Cedar Hill.
The second student said Mints picked him up in her car and took him to her home, where she performed a sex act.
When asked by police, the second victim said he had only told one other person, another juvenile. The second victim's cell phone was seized as evidence, as it contained messages between he and Mints, according to the improper relationship warrant.
Police later interviewed the juvenile who the victim told about the incident. He said he knew the officer was interviewing him about Mints and said she "blew up two of his friends." He confirmed the same details about the incident that the second victim had told police, the document says.
The school district placed Mints on administrative leave on April 30, according to a district press release issued after administrators learned of the allegations. The district also contacted police, which triggered the investigation.
"For the last five years, I have been teaching Health," Mints wrote on her page at the Bessie Coleman website. "I love teaching Health because the information is applicable to everyday life."
Mints has worked in CHISD since 2006, and the district said in a news release it conducted all legally required background checks, which showed no evidence of previous allegations.