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Man suing his former N. Texas teacher; says sexual affair affected his future

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A former high school teacher who lost her job for having sex with a student is now being sued by that same student.

Rachelle Nicole Heenan taught for the Eagle Mountain Saginaw school district two years ago, and the student at the time of the sexual encounters was 17 years old.

"It was kind of confusing for me," said the former student. "It was weird at some times. I didn't know how to handle it."

The former student, now a 20-year-old, asked not to be identified. He attended Hollenstein Career and Technology Center and was a high school senior during the sexual encounters.

"She actually told me she wanted to be with me, even after high school, and I thought that was kind of…I didn't know, I really didn't know what to do," he said.

The former student is now suing Heenan, her husband, and the Eagle Mountain Saginaw school district. He claims the encounter, for which Heenan was arrested, given probation, and lost her teaching license, caused him emotional and psychological damage.

His plan was to go into the Marines straight out of high school, but he says the confusion and pain from the four-month affair caused him to damage school property, get charged with a felony and miss his opportunity with the Marines.

"It put that on hold, and I'm really just trying to get back into what I was doing for myself to make a better life for myself," he said.

According to the lawsuit, Heenan "took advantage of plaintiff's immature and under developed mental state of mind and began sending him unsolicited text messages of a sexual nature and sexting."

It soon turned sexual and happened at "...activities wherein defendant Rachelle Nicole Heenan was a chaperone, various hotels in Tarrant County, and in the vehicle of defendant Rachelle Nicole Heenan."

"There's times where she just said weird things to me, and I was kind of confused," said the former student. "That kind of took a lot. It distracted me, actually."

According to the lawsuit, Heenan "took advantage of his self confidence, immaturity and dependency issues and assaulted, raped and battered him in her capacity of teacher/educator."

His attorney, Bobbie Edmonds says the district and other teachers should have seen it and stopped it.

"I know they try hard to train their employees, but I think they need to be better watchdogs over them and to make sure that they are being appropriate in the classroom," said Edmonds.

The former student says although Hollywood may try to glamorize what he had with his teacher, the real life experience is just the opposite.

"It might seem cool or awesome on the outside, but on the inside, it is weird, and then you really don't know the full responsibilities that come with it later on," he said.

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